Relative to the land size the building footprint was minimized while the number of parking spaces was tied to the code minimum number.Since the site design more than doubles the amount of open space required to meet the LEED credit requirements in this category, it is anticipated the project will earn an additional point for the exemplary performance on this credit.
Provide a high ratio of open space to development footrprint to promote biodiversity
Heat Island Effect - Roof
White TPO roofing membrane, as seen in this aerial photo during construction, was used to reflect light and heat away from the site. This reduces the load on the HVAC system, thereby reducing energy consumption.
Reduce heat islands (thermal gradient differences between developed and undeveloped areas) to reduce the impact on microclimate, human, and wildlife habitats.
Construction Waste Management
The construction process is one of the great offenders of waste.In concert with our LEED intuitive, the team was able to recycle various building materials such as wood, metal, plastic, concrete, and cardboard to and exceptional level.78% of the wasted materials of the construction process were recycled; this exceeds the objective of 75% and thus qualifies the project for two additional LEED points.
Divert construction waste from disposal in landfills and incinerators. Redirect recyclable recovered resources back into the manufacturing process.
IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) Management Plan: During Construction
Traditional construction practices often build then clean, harnessing our life science experience in clean room design and construction we followed the protocol of build clean, not build then clean.This standard is in perfect alignment with the IAQ standards of LEED.All ductwork was sealed and protected from dust and dirt prior to installation.Filter media was changed out frequently to minimize any airborne contaminates in the ventilation systems.Walk off mats at all entries was used to minimize dust and dirt from entering the workspace.
Reduce indoor air quality problems resulting from the construction process in order to help sustain the comfort and well-being of construction workers and building occupants.
Regional Materials and Recycled Content
R.R. Simmons feels strongly about the use of locally manufactured material where possible.These building materials are both less expensive to incorporate into a project but they also materially lower the transportation impact of the materials to the site.20% of the building materials were extracted harvested or recovered for the manufacturing process within 500 miles of the project.Additionally 20% of the building materials contain recycled content.This includes steel, concrete, glass, gypsum, and workstations to name a few.
Increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation of building materials.
Increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled content , thereby reducing the impacts resulting from the extraction and processing of virgin materials.