Energy conservation measures will reduce energy use by 11%, which is in alignment with the ASHRAE 90.1 building standard that is a pre-requisite for LEED certification.
- East/west orientation of the building makes optimum use of day light and heat absorption in winter
- Energy recovery units will generate 70-80% savings
- Energy management is computer controlled for maximum efficiency and features individual room controls rather than a building-wide setting
- The building features Energy Star appliances, light sensors and timers, and compact florescent bulbs
- Sinks are outfitted with sensor faucets (30% savings); lavatories with dual flush fixtures (30% savings); and laundry facility with front-load appliances (50% savings).
- Runoff/watershed management and water conservation methods incorporated into the landscape design
- Dining services will use bio-degradable dining products, organic/local food sources, reusable dinnerware, etc.
- Maintenance staff will use eco-friendly housekeeping products throughout the building
- Sections of the roof (500 square feet) are planted with “green roof” vegetation
- Landscape features a sustainable design incorporating native plants
- Paved surfaces surrounding the building have been minimized
- Green products and materials made of recycled plastic are used throughout the building and grounds (outdoor seating, bike racks, trash receptacles, etc.)
- Climate neutral materials selected that will award credits for offsetting Green House Gas emissions (e.g. interface carpeting used throughout the building; paint used is high in recycled content and low in volatile organic compounds)
- Wood trim, flooring and fixtures are composed of rapidly renewing materials (like bamboo) versus wood that does not naturally regenerate quickly (like redwood)
Conscientious Construction Practices
Although this is not a LEED certified project, Alvin H. Butz Inc. has used sustainable building practices throughout the project.
- Use of construction materials that are available within a minimum distance from the work site
- Recycling construction waste with a goal of diverting 75% of the project’s waste from landfills.
- Materials being removed and recycled from the site include: rubble material; wood concrete forms, crates, pallets, and other wood waste materials; rebar, banding, metal studs, electrical waste and miscellaneous metal material.
- As of February, 255 tons of material or about 83.43% of the project’s total waste has been diverted from landfills.
- two twenty (20) cubic yard containers, an estimated 21 tons of rubble material were removed from the site and taken to the rubble processor and ground into fill materials.
- The wood dumpster was emptied for the first time this month. The One twenty (20) cubic yard container of wood waste (approximately 3 tons) was taken off-site to a mulch processor where it was ground into mulch and compost products.
- One ten (10) cubic yard container of metal waste was transported to a scrap metal recycling center for processing before being hauled to a recycling mill.
- Recycling containers (glass, plastic and paper) have been provided on the site for the workers, ensuring that they are not only recycling while they work but also recycling during their break times.
- All uninstalled and installed supply, return, exhaust, and return air ductwork and shaft openings have been sealed to prevent intrusion of dust, mold, and other air-borne contaminants until the mechanical systems are functioning (system will have less contaminants to clean out of the air at start-up).
- Temporary heat used during the winter construction months featured the most efficient and economical method of heat transfer available (direct-fired air heaters).