Green Buildings - A Primer on Green Building and LEED

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http://www.ohm-advisors.com - Gary Sebach, Principal and Director of Architecture for OHM’s new division, Bird Houk, explains green buildings. Gary answers the most common questions about green buildings, sustainability and LEED. Sebach also shares a simple six step approach to LEED.

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Green Buildings - A Primer on Green Building and LEED

  1. 1. Green Buildings March 12, 2010 Presenter Gary L. Sebach, AIA, LEED AP Green Buildings.
  2. 2. Today’s Agenda What are “Green Buildings” and LEED? Cost & Benefits of LEED Green Buildings.
  3. 3. What does it mean… • Energy Efficient (High Performance) • Low Impact on Environment • low use of natural resources • low waste of materials Green Buildings. • Improve Lives • low exposure to unhealthy gases & materials • improved air quality • Improved indoor & outdoor environments
  4. 4. Typical Commercial Construction Green Buildings.
  5. 5. Typical Commercial Construction • 2 ½ pounds of solid waste / sq. ft. into our landfills (136 million tons / year) • Compare to 209.7 tons of Municipal Green Buildings. solid waste / year
  6. 6. Typical Commercial Construction • Impacts natural, biologically diverse habitats • 40% consumption of raw materials per year Green Buildings.
  7. 7. Typical Commercial Construction • It is estimated that businesses lose $60-$400 billion annually as a result of building-related illness Green Buildings.
  8. 8. Why make a building Green? • Reduced waste • Improve indoor environmental quality • Improve employee attendance productivity, recruitment and retention • Create a healthier environment Green Buildings.
  9. 9. Why make a building Green? • Reduce energy bills by 15% - 40% per year • Simple payback on initial cost in 3 to 10 years Green Buildings.
  10. 10. The idea behind LEED Green Buildings.
  11. 11. LEED Green Building Rating System • Purpose is to establish consistent, measurable goals for Green Buildings Green Buildings. • Best Practices as mandated by the U.S. Green Building Council • 8%-10% of all new construction projects are targeting LEED certification
  12. 12. Levels of Certification Version 3 (2009) Certified 40-49 points Green Buildings. Silver 50-59 points Gold 60-79 points Platinum 80-110 points
  13. 13. Balance! Green Buildings.
  14. 14. Balance What? Energy Environment Economics Health Green Buildings. Initial Cost Future Savings
  15. 15. costs and benefits of LEED Green Buildings.
  16. 16. Cost of LEED Construction Costs average in add’l cost Certified 2.5% Green Buildings. Silver 3.5% Gold 3 – 5% Platinum 4.5 – 8.5%
  17. 17. LEED Rule of Thumb: Budget 3% hard costs Green Buildings. and an additional 1% - 1½% for soft costs for LEED certification
  18. 18. Cost of LEED Payback on LEED? Energy Savings Annual Utility Savings Typical Payback Certified 20 – 30% $ .50 / sq ft 3 to 5 years Silver 30 – 35% $ .70 / sq ft 5 to 7 years Green Buildings. Gold 35 – 45% $1.00 / sq ft 5 to 10 years Platinum 45 – 50% $1.20 / sq ft 10+ years ! NAIOP – commercial real estate development association Recently disputed these numbers citing higher costs and longer payback periods
  19. 19. Influence on Costs and Credits • Location • Urban vs Rural • Climatologically • Local/Regional building codes and Green Buildings. zoning standards • Available Resources • Knowledgeable/experienced Design Team • Knowledgeable/experienced Contractors • Access to “green” products and recycling facilities
  20. 20. Approach to LEED 1. Conduct an Eco-Charette 2. Assign costs to “Yes” and “Maybe” credits 3. Research and finalize direction 4. Track the points and document 5. Submit to USGBC (after Design or Green Buildings. Construction) 6. Wait for ruling from USGBC
  21. 21. We’ve come a long way… Green Buildings.
  22. 22. Green Buildings Final Thoughts… Green Buildings… • REDUCE energy consumption Green Buildings. • REDUCE negative impact on our environment • IMPROVE the quality and health of our indoor environments • Should cost less to Own & Operate
  23. 23. Green Buildings Final Thoughts… It is estimated that the value of Green building construction will be nearly Green Buildings. $60 BILLION by next year
  24. 24. Green Buildings Final Thoughts… Every business day $464 MILLION Green Buildings. worth of construction registers with USGBC
  25. 25. Questions? Green Buildings.
  26. 26. For more information Gary L. Sebach, AIA, U.S. Green Building LEED AP Council 614.418.0600, ext 26 www.usgbc.org gsebach@bird-houk.com Green Buildings.

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