For the past two years, I have been working as a LEED consultant on East Pointe Building 200, in Middletown Ohio, a LEED for Core and Shell project developed and designed by Al. Neyer Inc. The building has now been occupied for almost exactly one year, but until yesterday certification was still pending. There were two primary reasons for this long lag between building completion and certification. First, I had longer USGBC/GBCI review times on this project than any other LEED project I have worked on- it took over 18 weeks to receive our initial comments on our design review. Because this was a fast-tracked, design build, spec office project, this meant that construction was nearly complete by the time we received our design comments! Second, the project team was so successful in integrating sustainable design strategies into the project, that we far overshot our initial desired certification level of Certified and ended up one point away from Gold! Since we were oh so close, we ended up appealing one credit that had been denied, thus dragging out the process by a couple months (again further delayed by long review times). The last credit achieved (Measurement and Verification, Base Building) proved to be very tricky to plan for on a Core and Shell project- look for a blog post about how we did it coming soon.
So now that the building has officially achieved LEED certification, here are the big accomplishments:
- Detailed guidelines have been provided to each tenant to describe what sustainable strategies have been incorporated into the building and explain how these strategies may assist them in achieving a LEED for Commercial Interiors Certification of their own tenant space. One tenant has already committed to a LEED CI space and is well on their way toward certification.
- 90% of stormwater has been filtered on site
- The building uses over 50% less water for irrigation than a typical building in this area
- A 38.8% water savings (from a baseline case) has been projected for the building
- The building is expected to use over 380 MBtu less energy per year than a baseline building (ASHRAE 90.1-2004)
- Recycled content accounts for over 30% of the material value of the project (CSI divisions 2-10)
- 69% of construction waste was diverted from a landfill through recycling
- Over 50% of the project’s wood based products (based on cost) are FSC Certified
- 90% of regularly occupied interior spaces have access to exterior views