This case study focuses on the LEED initiatives employed at the Heritage Architecture office in Paramus, New Jersey. The initiatives helped transform a warehouse into a modernized, highly efficient workplace.
ABOUT HERITAGE… Heritage Architecture is a green practice, consistent in providing sustainable and energy-driven solutions through distinctive services in architecture, interiors, planning & energy management. Since 1999, our firm has steadily advanced by building upon trust to foster collaborative and open communications with our clients. We have developed rewarding relationships with agencies and clients in federal facilities, affordable housing, K-12 and commercial real estate through purposed accountability and accessibility. Our attentiveness to vision is driven by our unwavering dedication to produce quality technical solutions.
ABOUT HERITAGE… Our successes are shaped by an attentive team of registered, LEED-accredited and Certified Energy Managers. Collectively, we sustain a hands-on, collegial atmosphere supporting innovation and attentiveness to detail that ensures each client receives unwavering guidance throughout the project process. We set ourselves apart with ease of access to our team, flexibility and direct involvement from one principal partner through the design process.
WHAT IS LEED? Stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” An initiative created by the USGBC to promote sustainable design Comprised of six different rating systems: 1. Homes 2. Neighborhood Development 3. Commercial Interiors 4. Core & Shell 5. New Construction 6. Existing Building
BUSINESS CASEFOR GREEN Green buildings can… Lower operating costs Improve employee performance Attract tenants
HERITAGE OFFICE COMMERCIAL INTERIOR Density Map (Left) Site Map (Above)
SS-1: SITE SELECTIONHEAT ISLAND EFFECT REDUCTION
WE-1: WATER USEREDUCTION Intent: Limit or eliminate the use of potable water for landscaping Maximum water efficiency within tenant spaces to reduce the burden on municipal water supply Requirements: Reduce plumbing use based on tenant occupancy by 20% No potable water use or irrigation Install landscaping that does not require irrigation
EA-1.1-1.3: ENERGY& ATMOSPHERE Intent: Achieve increasing levels of energy performance in two primary ways: by reducing the amount of energy required, and by using more benign forms The better the energy performance, lower the operations costs Requirements: Choose one of three options to document energy savings: 1. Achieve a minimum of 15% (1 point) to a maximum of 35% (3 points) reduced lighting power 2. Install daylight responsive controls to achieve increased conservation 3. Increase HVAC efficiency of 15% (1point) to maximum of 30% (2 points) better than standards
MR-1.2-1.3: BUILDING REUSEIntent: Extend the life cycle of existing building stock, conserve resources Reduce waste & reduce environmental impact of new buildingsRequirements: Maintain at least 40% of existing non- structure componentsStrategies: Identify and maintain as many of the existing interior elements as possible, during design and construction
MR-2.1-2.2:RESOURCEREUSE, 30%FURNITURE &FURNISHINGS Intent: Reuse products and furnishings to reduce demand for virgin materials Requirements: Choose salvaged, refurbished or reused materials for at least 5% up to a maximum of 30% Strategies: Identify opportunities to salvage and reuse products and furniture into project design including system furniture, seating and filing systems
MR-4.1-4.2: RECYCLED CONTENTIntent: Increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled contentRequirements: Use finishes and materials with recycled content such that the sum of post consumer recycled content + ½ of the pre-consumer content constitutes a minimum of 10% of the total material valueStrategies: Set project goals for recycled content materials, identify suppliers Ensure compliance during construction
MR-5.1: REGIONALMATERIALS Intent: Increase demand for building products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the regional economy and reducing environmental impact from transportation Requirements: Use a minimum of 20% of construction materials and furnishings that are manufactured regionally within a radius of 500 miles Strategies: Set project goals for regional materials, identify suppliers
EQ-3.1:CONSTRUCTION IAQMANAGEMENT PLAN Intent: Prevent indoor air quality problems resulting from construction/renovation process; sustain the comfort and wellbeing of occupants Requirements: Develop & implement an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management Plan for the construction and pre-occupancy phases of the tenant spaces Exceed the design guidelines by (SMACNA) Use filtration to control air supply during construction - MERV 8 or higher Strategies: Adopt the IAQ management plan during construction Sequence the installation of absorptive materials, such as insulation, carpeting, ceiling tile and gypsum board to avoid contamination
EQ-4.1-4.2-4.3: LOW EMITTING MATERIALS, ADHESIVES & SEALANTS, PAINTS & COATINGS, & CARPET SYSTEMSIntent: Reduce the quality of indoor air contaminations that are odorous and harmful to the comfort and wellbeing of installers and occupantsRequirements: All adhesives and sealants used in the building interior must not exceed the VOC content limit of: Adhesives, Sealants and Sealant Primers: Rule #1168 by South Coast Air Quality Management District Aerosol Adhesives: Green Seal Standard GC-36 Paints: Must meet the limitations and restrictions concerning chemical components set by Green Seal Standards & (SCAQMD) Carpet & Pad: Meet or exceed Carpet & Rug Institutes testingStrategies: Specify Low VOC materials, sealants and paint Review product cut sheets, MSD sheets during submittal review
ID-1: INNOVATION INDESIGN Intent: Provide design teams and projects the opportunity to be awarded points for exceptional performance above LEED in Green Building categories Requirements: Provide innovation credit intent, compliance and submittals to demonstrate the design approach and strategies Knowledgeforinnovation.eu
LEED ACCREDITEDPROFESSIONAL Intent: Support and encourage the design integration required by a LEED Green Building project and streamline the application process Requirements: One principal participant of the project team has successfully completed the LEED professional Accreditation Exam
Collectively, these LEED initiatives haveturned a large warehouse into what is now Heritage’s highly efficient, modernized office space. 352 EVELYN STREET, SUITE 2, PARAMUS, NJ 07652