Site Visit – CSCC Academic Center E

After a couple of months of sitting in the office, I finally got a chance to go out to the jobsite for a project that I have been working on for the past 3 years.  Construction is scheduled to be completed by May of 2010, and we are targeting a LEED Gold certification for the project.

So here are a few photos that I thought I would share from my recent site visit.

Exterior

Exterior SunshadesMain EntrySecond Floor CorridorLearning Commons

Incorporating LEED into Project Specs

“A LEED rating system does not confirm sustainability,” Susan Kaplan, CSI, CCS, a specifier for HLW International in NYC, explained to CSI’s Sustainability Practice Group during a recent meeting.

LEED is not a complete roadmap for running a green project. There will always be new material and system requirements, regulations and standards, etc. These are all LEED “special needs.”

Although it uses a great organizational method that covers attributes including Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality, LEED does not cover the entire life cycle of the project. www.storyofstuff.com was mentioned to emphasize that one needs to view the project from the stand point of the entire life cycle.

In the future, LEED will move toward a multi-attribute focus. ISO standards are beginning to address these attributes through LCA, and to look at products more comprehensively. Today’s owners do not necessarily understand that the products they are getting are not as green as they are made out to be. Michael Fuller, CSI, AIA., NCARB, CDT, LEED AP, member of the GreenFormat Program Management Task Team, believes that in the future, there will eventually be more comprehensive definitions of what constitutes a green or sustainable product.

Continue reading the article at CSI Blog

LEED Credentialing…..Its about time

As we quickly approach the last week for the current LEED AP v2.2 exam track, I say it is a long time coming.  When I first took the exam back in 2004 I was of the opinion that the more people that had their LEED AP the better.  Because ultimately it meant more people understood the issues and were on a level playing field in terms of their knowledge.

However over the past couple of years as the LEED rating system has picked up steam, my opinion of the exam has changed.  Too many people are taking the exam now and not for the right reasons.  Most people who are taking it are only taking the exam to have the LEED AP after their name.  It’s all for marketing purposes.  They don’t have any additional knowledge.  They just studied the reference manual and took the exam.  The majority of them do nothing to push the green building movement.  Heck, some of the people are not even in the design and construction industry.  Read the rest of this entry »

CSCC Project Video

Well our client, Columbus State Community College decided to create a video of their first LEED building on their new campus.  It has been an interesting ride so far during the construction process and keeping our contractors in line with all of their LEED paper work.

At this point we are still targeting a Gold certification.  Unfortunatly we still have a year of construction ahead of us to even determine if that will happen.  So periodically I will post some construction photos as well as other updates as it may relate to LEED and share some of the things that I have learned along the way.

In the meantime, enjoy the short video.

csccvideo

Video Friday: LEED v3 Video

With the release of the new LEED 2009 or better know as v3 on April 27th, 2009, I decided to post a video by the USGBC that really talks about why we should build in a more sustainable fashion.  It also documents what went into the development of the new rating system.