My career took a turn when I was hired to bean Interior Space Architect in Saudi Arabia.
My parents were young adultsduring the Great Depression.They never outgrew the habit toCONSERVE, REUSE, MINIMIZE WASTE.These are values I carried into mypersonal life and my career.
Systems Furniture Panel Project 1980 Management asked me to dispose of 300 old systems furniture panels & purchase new The steel frames were structurally sound I suggested we resurfaced with new panel fabric Saved $250K in replacement, 1980 dollars Saved tons of material going into the land fill
Hired in 1991 to design 12 buildings for the new national laboratory.
•One of the first truly green buildings in USA•Opened in 1993, the year the USGBC was founded•Opened the year before the LEED system premiered•NREL staff involved in the creation of LEED•SERF saved $250,000 first year in energy costs
•Awarded a National Endowment for the Arts•Dedicated by Vice President Al Gore
I worked 18 months helping establish the Panama Green Building Council
•LEED is a globally recognized certification system for determining if a building is legitimately green.•There are seven categories in which you can earn points.•Depending on the number of points determines which of the four levels of LEED certification you can strive for; Platinum, Gold, Silver or Certified.
Water Efficiency Energy & Atmosphere Materials and Resources Indoor Environmental Quality Innovation & Design Regional Priority
LEED certifies buildings, not products. To determine if a product contributes toward LEED credits, look for SCS Certification. SCS certifies for: Indoor Air Quality Recycled Content FSC Chain of Custody Examples of SCS certified products: Carpet, molding, doors, drywall, office and systems furniture, pest control, paints, insulation, and cleaning products.
It can be as simple as giving furniture a new life with paint or fabric. Before After
Post-Industrial Recycled Materials: (PI) refer to content produced from industrial or manufacturing waste, such as scrap materials that were not used in the original production process.Post-Consumer Recycled Materials: (PC) are made from products that have served their intended uses and have been collected for recycling.
Contribute to LEED MR Credit for Recycled Content Contribute to LEED IEQ Credit for Low Emitting MaterialsContent: Post-Industrial Recycled Polyester Post-Consumer Recycled PolyesterRecycled fibers are stronger than virgin fibers
MR 4.1 / 4.2“Recycled Content, 10%…”“Recycled Content, 20%…”A typical Choices® fabric-covered panel has:3% post-consumer (PC) recycled content by weight48.5% post-industrial (PI) recycled content by weight.Combined PC + PI = 51.5% by weight.
MINERAL FIBER High % of Recycled Content 100% Recyclable
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an internationalnot for-profit organization.Established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. Sets Standards Independent Certification Labels Forest Products Wood from Lake Bayano qualifies for an unbelievable 5 LEED points.
Cali BambooBamDeck is a composite material: 100% recycled content 30% recycled bamboo fibers 70% recycled plastics Twice as dense & strong as the leading competitors which are 100% recycled plastic
Low or No VOC Materials Zero Formaldehyde Furniture & Flooring Mold Resistant Materials Mold Killing Devices Flammability
AirGuard™ No Added Formaldehyde Products The first coating for ceiling tiles that actively removes formaldehyde and other aldehydes in indoor air 30 Year Performance Guarantee
SHEETROCK Mold Tough Gypsum Panels: Noncombustible, moisture resistant gypsum core Encased in moisture- and mold-resistant, 100-percent recycled green face and brown back paper. Available in regular and FIRECODE® core formulations. In independent lab tests per ASTM D3273, the panels achieved a score of 10.
NFPA 260 California Bulletin #117“This textile meets all appropriate flammability requirements for seating and upholstered walls.”
Technology that kills mold, mildew, bacteria and viruses in 48 hours.
Kill 99% of Bacteria, Viruses and Mold ( Surface and Airborne)Kill 85% of Gases and OdorsApproved by EPA
Window Films Solar Shades Thermal Window Shades
Prestige Brand Reduces 60% of solar heat gain Reduces air conditioning cost High transparency allows 40-70% natural light No metals, no corrosion, no interference with phone signals Rejects 99.9% of UV rays Reduces fading to fabrics and furnishings
Blocks 33-74% of solar heatBlocks 86-95% of UV rays Recycled Content Credit MR 4.1 and MR 4.2) Pre Consumer Recycled Content: 2.1% Post Consumer Recycled Content: 10.0% Renewable Content: 31.3% Total Green Content: 43.3%
Duette Semi-Opaque Architellahoneycomb shadesStops 84% of solar heat.Duette Architella shades in opaquefabric with a metallized coreBlocks 87% of solar heat.
Used sound absorbing materials on ceilings, walls and floors.Varied the shapes and heights of surfaces to minimize bouncing sound waves
LED Lighting Air Conditioning Appliances Motion Sensor Controls
LED lights dramatically saveenergy while providing excellentlight quality and color.
Extensive use of 3 watt LED bulbs.Union Fenosa thought our client had disconnected the meter.They didn’t believe the electrical demand could be so low.We were able to educate them on the benefits of LED bulbs.
Inverter technology saves energy & money by eliminating spikes in power usage.
Rating system created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to validate the energy-efficiency of consumer goods.
Simple ways to increase energy savings. Single Space Energy Savings For Lighting Occupancy Sensor: 20-60% Personal Control: 10-20%
Low Flow Toilets Low Flow Shower Heads and Faucets Low Water Consumption Appliances
Rating system created by theU.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Labels products meeting the requirements Encourages innovation in manufacturing Conserves water Decreases demand on infrastructure
Traditional ToiletsUse 3.5 Gallons Per Flush (gpf)Low Flow ToiletsUse 1.28 gpf or lessToilet ShownUses 1.0 gpf
Sink Aerator 0.5 Gallons per Minute (gpm) Water Savings 77%Shower Aerator1.75 Gallons per Minute(gpm)Water Savings 30%
Dishwasher Uses nearly 50% less water energy Uses nearly 50% less electricity Does not compromising performance High-Efficiency Top Load Washing Machine Uses up to 76 % less water Uses up to 77 % less energy Compared to washers from just a few years ago.
Evaluate, evaluate, evaluate!Something may cost morein the beginning,but it could end up savingtime, money and resourcesin the long run.
Abrasion: 30,000-1 Million Double-Rubs A high double-rub number insures that a fabric is going to look like new for many years.Double-rub count refers to the durability of a type of fabric. The double-rubtesting method uses a special machine that passes a testing pad back andforth over the fabric until it is worn out. Each back and forth pass is known asa double-rub.
LEED Certification isn’t for everyone!The important thing is to implement as many features as possible.
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