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2008 LEAP Report

  1. 1. WALSH BISHOP SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2008 mid-year update from the LEAP team
  3. 3. REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT <ul><li>2006-2007:  We offset our travel related carbon emissions by planting trees through American Forests </li></ul><ul><li>We did a study for our office lighting, fixtures and appliances to identify more energy friendly products that reduce our operating expenses </li></ul><ul><li>Attended USGBC Carbon Reduction series of webinars. </li></ul>
  4. 4. AIR TRAVEL EMISSIONS OFFSET BY AMERICAN FORESTS <ul><li>2006: 311,539 miles offset = 68.5 tonnes CO2 </li></ul><ul><li>2007: 337,867 miles offset = 74.2 tonnes CO2 </li></ul><ul><li>2008: 233,268 miles… = 51.3 tonnes CO2 </li></ul><ul><li>A tree removes .9175 tons of CO2 during the first 40 years after planting </li></ul>
  6. 6. OPERATIONS: REDUCING CONSUMPTION <ul><li>Using office paper that is recycled and FSC-certified </li></ul><ul><li>Using plotter paper that is recycled.  We are the first architecture firm in town using sustainable paper for our plotter. </li></ul><ul><li>Office-wide recycling program for cardboard, glass, plastic, metal, and paper </li></ul><ul><li>Turn off lights and computers when gone </li></ul><ul><li>Print paper two-sided </li></ul>
  7. 7. OPERATIONS: INDUSTRY AFFILIATIONS <ul><li>We are Bronze Level founding sponsors of the local USGBC chapter, and serve on the education committee. </li></ul><ul><li>We have 5 LEED AP’s, which equates to nearly ten percent of our employees accredited. </li></ul><ul><li>We encouraged and helped Aaron Carlson achieve FSC-certification at their millwork shop. </li></ul><ul><li>Annual attendees at GreenBuild International Conference and Expo for networking and education </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with Contractors such as Greiner </li></ul>
  8. 8. OPERATIONS: NEW OFFICE STUDY <ul><li>The performance of our space will directly impact our bottom line. </li></ul><ul><li>Appliances, Fixtures, and Lighting solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Sources </li></ul>
  9. 9. ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES <ul><li>Refrigerators. GE ENERGY STAR appliances can exceed federal energy standard by 20 percent.  Approximately 460 kWh/year total </li></ul><ul><li>Dishwashers. Bosch’s “Integra” beats ENERGY STAR by 61 percent energy efficiency.  Approximately 290 kWh/year total </li></ul>
  10. 10. ENERGY SAVING FIXTURES <ul><li>XLerator Hand Dryers .  Eliminates cost of paper for drying hands.  Cost of 1,000 uses is $0.50 versus $23.00 for paper towel products.  Product cost is roughly $550. </li></ul><ul><li>Caroma Cube3 Ultra Urinal.   Consumes only 1/8 of a gallon per flush and has liquid-sensing automatic flushing mechanism to reduce flush frequency and “ghost flushing”.  Roughly $400 per urinal. </li></ul><ul><li>Faucets.   Sloan’s Solar-Powered Faucet stores energy from fluorescent lights/solar for running the sensor-activation.  Aerator restricts flow to 0.5 gallons per minute.  Product cost is 15-20 percent up-charge over conventional faucets. </li></ul>
  14. 14. ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTING <ul><li>We can save on our lighting bill by replacing our T-8 lights with T-5 lights with electronic ballasts. Cost of this has not been studied. </li></ul><ul><li>Change out the lighting system to something like Ledalite’s PureFX.  This system reduces lighting-related energy cost by 35 percent. </li></ul><ul><li>Install light sensors to reduce kWh per year. </li></ul>
  15. 15. GREEN ENERGY <ul><li>Excel Energy offers wind power as a comparable energy source. </li></ul><ul><li>The “nominal” charge for Minnesota Windsource is now $3.53 per 100 kWh block. One block equals: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carbon dioxide avoided: 2,449 lbs. CO2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Miles not driven: 2,400 miles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trees Planted: 1/3 acre </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Green-e Program certifies that Windsource meets the environmental and consumer protection standards established by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions. </li></ul>
  17. 17. EDUCATION: CREATING RESOURCES <ul><li>LEAP task team that is charged with education and awareness; as well as building up infrastructure of sustainability tools. </li></ul><ul><li>WBA LEAP intranet site dedicated to educating our employees on sustainability. </li></ul><ul><li>Green interiors library that has been filtered by issuing Environmental Impact Questionnaire’s to the manufacturers. </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability reference library on S for knowledge sharing and posting conference notes. </li></ul><ul><li>WBA developed a cost of LEED evaluation guide to help steer point selections </li></ul>
  18. 18. EDUCATION: AIA COTE’S 50>>50 INITIATIVE <ul><li>We adopted the 2030 Challenge and continue to seek education to meet this challenge. Architecture 2030: www.architecture2030.org </li></ul><ul><li>WBA is currently midway through developing a 50>>50 handbook for employee use. The handbook outlines ways to reduce our design-related carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Alison’s 50 graphics that were emailed out will be featured in the handbook. </li></ul>
  20. 20. PARTICIPATING IN AMERICA: GREEN BUILDING LEGISLATION <ul><li>The LEAP team regularly sends letters to our US Senators lobbying for sustainable building legislation. </li></ul><ul><li>Clean Energy Tax Stimulus Act of 2008 (S. 2821). </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction. </li></ul><ul><li>Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008 (H.R. 5351). </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Bill containing 2030 targets </li></ul>
  21. 21. PARTICIPATING IN AMERICA: TAKE CHARGE!! <ul><li>Educate yourself and take action through AIA COTE and other programs </li></ul><ul><li>As design professionals, take charge of where you want your industry to go; or, these folks will for you based on what others are telling them… </li></ul>
  23. 23. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: HITTING THE STREETS <ul><li>2006-2008: volunteer clean-up at Nokomis Park for Earth Day. </li></ul><ul><li>WBA led a green roof tour in 2006 to show off our Marquette Plaza design and educate the public on the benefits of green roofing. The tour was attended by the local media. </li></ul><ul><li>Led project tour for the local chapter of USGBC of Duke Norman Pointe II project. </li></ul><ul><li>WBA featured sustainability as the theme for our 2008 Skyway Open golf hole </li></ul>
  24. 24. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: LEED PROJECTS <ul><li>Walsh Bishop has designed, aided design, or is currently designing the following LEED projects. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Duke Realty Norman Pointe II </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Duke Realty Gateway North Building 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USFWS Neosho Fish Hatchery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Red Stag </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sands Bethworks Gaming, LLC. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cascade Locks Resort and Casino </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: NON-LEED PROJECTS <ul><li>Walsh Bishop projects designed to LEED standards without pursuing the LEED certification </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mohican North Star Casino & Bingo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Black Bear Casino, Hotel & Golf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ramsey County Dept. of Records & Revenue Renovation and Remodel </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: GREEN SPECS <ul><li>Walsh Bishop believes sustainable design cannot be built unless properly specified and administered through construction. The following specifications are standard practice for Walsh Bishop projects… </li></ul>
  28. 28. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: GREEN SPECS <ul><li>017419 – Construction Waste Management and Disposal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WBA requires minimum of 50 percent of construction waste be diverted from landfill </li></ul></ul><ul><li>019113 – General Commissioning Requirements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WBA generally issues this section on every project, unless the associated cost is not feasible </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: GREEN SPECS <ul><li>042000 – Unit Masonry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mortar and grout shall have at least 25 percent of the Portland Cement substituted with fly ash, ground-furnace slag, or rice hull ash </li></ul></ul><ul><li>055000 – Metal Fabrications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low VOC shop primers specified. Primer shall have VOC content of 420 g/l or less </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: GREEN SPECS <ul><li>061000 – Rough Carpentry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimum 50 percent FSC-certified wood, unless otherwise directed by Owner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low VOC construction adhesives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>064023 – Interior Architectural Woodwork </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimum 50 percent FSC-certified woodwork, unless otherwise directed by Owner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fabricator shall be FSC-certified shop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low VOC contact glues and laminating adhesives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Urea-formaldehyde-free core board </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: GREEN SPECS <ul><li>064200 – Wood Paneling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimum 50 percent FSC-certified woodwork, unless otherwise directed by Owner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fabricator shall be FSC-certified shop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low VOC contact glues and laminating adhesives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Urea-formaldehyde-free core board </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fiberboard or particleboard shall contain recycled content. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>068200 – Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Panels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-VOC adhesives and glues </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: GREEN SPECS <ul><li>072100 – Thermal Insulation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specify Bonded Logic as “Contractor option” for typical batt insulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specify Dow “Thermax” polyisocyanurate for maximum R-value at outsulation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>078400 – Firestopping </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-VOC sealant products </li></ul></ul><ul><li>079200 – Joint Sealant </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-VOC sealant products </li></ul></ul>
  33. 33. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: GREEN SPECS <ul><li>081416 – Flush Wood Doors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adhesives and composites shall not contain urea formaldehyde </li></ul></ul><ul><li>084113 – Aluminum-Framed Entrances and Storefronts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thermally broken frames at exterior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High performance U-value and air infiltration values </li></ul></ul><ul><li>084413 – Glazed Aluminum Curtain Wall </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thermally broken frames at exterior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High performance U-value and air infiltration values </li></ul></ul><ul><li>088000 – Glazing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One inch insulating glass with Low-E coating and argon gas filled at exterior locations </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: GREEN SPECS <ul><li>092900 – Gypsum Board </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide 54 inch drywall widths at 9 foot high partitions and 48 inch widths at 8 foot high partitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drywall shall have 100 percent recycled and unbleached paper facings bonded without adhesive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drywall shall contain recycled gypsum or post-industrial flu-gas desulphurization (FSG) synthetic gypsum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-VOC laminating adhesive </li></ul></ul>
  35. 35. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: GREEN SPECS <ul><li>093000 – Tiling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-VOC tile adhesives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-VOC sealants </li></ul></ul><ul><li>095123 – Acoustical Tile Ceilings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ACT shall have high recycled content </li></ul></ul><ul><li>096500 – Resilient Flooring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-VOC adhesives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recycled rubber base and tile products </li></ul></ul>
  36. 36. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: GREEN SPECS <ul><li>096800 – Carpeting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-VOC adhesives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compliance with Carpet and Rug Institute’s “Green Label Plus” program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-VOC carpet cushion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>097200 – Wall Covering </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-VOC adhesives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-VOC wall covering primer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cellulose fiber wall covering backing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>099000 – Painting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Seal GS-11 certified paints or Zero-VOC paints for interior locations </li></ul></ul>
  38. 38. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: DESIGN STUDIO <ul><li>Sustainable design can be defined as creating a healthy, productive, environmentally sensitive design for the built environment that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable design does not compromise the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community… </li></ul>
  39. 39. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: DESIGN STUDIO <ul><li>Current data shows buildings are responsible for nearly 50 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change; far more than the automotive industry. </li></ul><ul><li>Buildings also consume roughly 70 percent of the electricity produced by USA power plants. </li></ul><ul><li>Furthermore, many of the materials used to construct buildings are harvested from declining natural resources where wildlife habitat is shrinking and becoming increasingly fragmented… </li></ul>
  40. 40. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: DESIGN STUDIO <ul><li>For addressing these issues the following services are offered in our studio… </li></ul>
  41. 41. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: DESIGN STUDIO <ul><li>Accredited Professional Knowledge. Walsh Bishop has 5 LEED AP’s on staff that can administer projects and support an in-house team dedicated to sustainable design knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Eco-region Specific. Creation of sustainable design solutions applicable to the eco-region in which the project is located. </li></ul><ul><li>Project management that uses a multi-discipline integrated team approach. </li></ul><ul><li>Construction carbon emission calculations for identifying carbon offset goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Green material selection from Walsh Bishop’s material library which has been filtered by an in-house Environmental Impact Questionnaire process. </li></ul>
  42. 42. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: DESIGN STUDIO <ul><li>Green specifications that ensure sustainable design will get built. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project management procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable design requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction waste management program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recycled materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Renewable materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-VOC and non-toxic materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy efficient materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FSC-certified woods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commissioning and re-commissioning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green cleaning </li></ul></ul>
  43. 43. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: DESIGN STUDIO <ul><li>Project administration, registration and certification within an internationally recognized green building rating system such as USGBC’s LEED or GBI’s Green Globes. </li></ul><ul><li>Life cycle assessment programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Energy modeling programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Planning and Land Use . Identification of regional environmental implications of project and solution planning for preservation of key features, reclamation opportunities, watershed protection, and development density. Partnering with local jurisdictions. </li></ul>
  44. 44. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: DESIGN STUDIO <ul><li>Incorporation of alternative transportation into project. </li></ul><ul><li>Community Development. Understanding of infrastructure, ecological footprint, and the project’s connectivity to nature. </li></ul><ul><li>Building Orientation. Studies for best orientation on site to improve energy performance and views. </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Saving Landscape. Facilitation of landscaping solutions that improve building energy performance. </li></ul>
  45. 45. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: DESIGN STUDIO <ul><li>Low Maintenance Landscape. Facilitation of landscaping solutions that reduce water usage, create habitat, and showcase indigenous plant species. </li></ul><ul><li>Site Furnishings. Facilitation of site designs that reduce light pollution and energy loads. </li></ul><ul><li>Water Conservation. Identification of design opportunities that reduce water consumption and/or improve water quality, i.e. cisterns, grey water systems, low-flow fixtures, on-site wetlands, permeable paving, and vegetated roofs. </li></ul><ul><li>Building Form. Studies of building form options that improve energy performance while creating a beautiful building. </li></ul>
  46. 46. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: DESIGN STUDIO <ul><li>Earth Contact. Studies for using earthwork in the design to improve sheltering, energy performance, and aesthetics. </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate Size and Growth. Studies for growth opportunities related to project; design for controlled growth that eliminates excess waste and consumption. </li></ul><ul><li>Space Utilization. Studies for space needs; design for improved energy performance and that maximize efficiency and productivity of the project. </li></ul><ul><li>Space Reuse. Studies for reuse opportunities that reduce waste. </li></ul><ul><li>Windows and Openings. Studies of different window configurations and sizes to improve energy performance and views. </li></ul>
  47. 47. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: DESIGN STUDIO <ul><li>Sun Shading. Studies of sun shading opportunities for reducing lighting and cooling loads. </li></ul><ul><li>Furniture and Equipment . Design consisting of energy and water saving appliances and fixtures. Explore reused or recycled furniture options. </li></ul><ul><li>Structural Materials. Facilitate structural material decisions based on low-embodied energy and recycled content. </li></ul><ul><li>Photovoltaic Systems. Studies of opportunities for active and passive solar system solutions. </li></ul><ul><li>Thermal Transfer Reduction. Elimination of thermal bridging conditions and design of thermally broken building envelope. </li></ul>
  48. 48. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: DESIGN STUDIO <ul><li>Identifying Energy Sources. Identification of energy source for project and design of renewable energy solutions when appropriate. </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Generation/Reclamation. Studies for opportunities like co-generation and waste-heat recovery. </li></ul><ul><li>Daylighting. Studies of daylighting opportunities for reducing lighting loads. </li></ul><ul><li>Efficient Artificial Lighting. Facilitation of energy efficient lighting design and product selection. </li></ul><ul><li>Conserving Systems and Equipment. Facilitation of high-efficiency design, pump and motor selections, and system integration. </li></ul>
  49. 49. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN PRACTICE: DESIGN STUDIO <ul><li>Smart Control Systems. Facilitation of modern control system selection for CO2, occupancy, lighting, and comfort. </li></ul><ul><li>Water Use Reduction. Facilitation of water efficient fixture design and product selection. </li></ul><ul><li>Building Monitoring Systems. Facilitation of monitoring programs for ensuring optimal operations. </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance on green cleaning and maintenance program. </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance on education opportunities with Owner such as USGBC LEED workshops, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance on community initiatives with Owner such as tree planting, carbon neutral programs, volunteer clean-up programs, and energy offsets. </li></ul>
  50. 50. WALSH BISHOP SUSTAINABILITY REPORT This has been an update from the LEAP team.