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  • LEED Project Management, Commissioning, Energy Analysis
  • $1 B+  in construction values 2012–2014
  • 12 M+ project gross square footage
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  • Dedicated on-site account manager at USGBC
  • Direct communication with reviewers = streamlined reviews
  • Austin Energy Green Building commissioning and sustainability consultant
  • NAHB National Green Building Large Multifamily Verifier
  • LEED support in English, Spanish, French, Hindi, and Chinese

I have dealt with Green Living since early 2008, during which time they have provided my business with excellent support in the areas of LEED Project Management and Fundamental Commissioning. Prior to Green Living we had hired consultants to navigate the LEED Process, only to discover that although they were LEED APs, they did not have the experience we later found necessary to get our project certified. Green Living put the project back on schedule immediately, updated LEED goals into the design and documentation, and organized the team’s responsibilities while staying on budget. Their work has been a major factor in our project’s success. I can confidently recommend Green Living, LLC as a solid and reliable consulting firm, and experts in their field.

Jon Donahue, Principal, CDK Realty

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LEED NC Credit Intents
Sustainable Sites

SS Prerequisite 1: Construction activity pollution prevention

  • To reduce pollution from construction activities by controlling soil erosion, waterway sedimentation, and airborne dust.

SS Credit 1: Site selection (1 point)

  • To avoid the development of environmentally sensitive lands and reduce the environmental impact from the location of a building on a site.

SS Credit 2: Development density and community connectivity (5 points)

  • To channel development to urban areas with existing infrastructure, protect greenfields and preserve habitat and natural resources.

SS Credit 3: Brownfield redevelopment (1 point)

  • To rehabilitate damaged sites where development is complicated by environmental contamination and to reduce pressure on undeveloped land.

SS Credit 4.1: Alternative transportation – public transportation access (6 points)

SS Credit 4.2: Alternative transportation – bicycle storage and changing rooms (1 point)

SS Credit 4.3: Alternative transportation – low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles(3 points)

SS Credit 4.4: Alternative transportation – parking capacity (2 points)

  • To reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.

SS Credit 5.1: Site development – protect or restore habitat (1 point)

  • To conserve existing natural areas and restore damaged areas to provide habitat and promote biodiversity.

SS Credit 5.2: Site development – maximize open space (1 point)

  • To promote biodiversity by providing a high ratio of open space to development footprint.

SS Credit 6.1: Stormwater design – quantity control (1 point)

  • To limit disruption of natural hydrology by reducing impervious cover, increasing on-site infiltration, reducing or eliminating pollution from stormwater runoff and eliminating contaminants.

SS Credit 6.2: Stormwater design – quality control (1 point)

  • To limit disruption and pollution of natural water flows by managing stormwater runoff.

SS Credit 7.1: Heat island effect – nonroof (1 point)

SS Credit 7.2: Heat island effect – roof (1 point)

  • To reduce heat islands to minimize impacts on microclimates and human and wildlife habitats.

SS Credit 8: Light pollution reduction (1 point)

  • To minimize light trespass from the building and site, reduce sky-glow to increase night sky access, improve nighttime visibility through glare reduction and reduce development impact from lighting on nocturnal environments.

SS Pilot Credit 7: Light pollution reduction

  • To increase night sky access, improve nighttime visibility, and reduce the consequences of development for wildlife and people.

SS Pilot Credit 14: Walkable project site

  • To promote walking, biking, and other non-motorized transportation that results in reduced vehicle miles traveled (VMT), increased public health, and enhanced community participation.

SS Pilot Credit 16: Rainwater management

  • To reduce runoff volume and improve water quality by replicating the natural hydrology and water balance of the site, based on historical conditions and undeveloped ecosystems in the region.

SS Pilot Credit 45: Site assessment

  • To assess site conditions prior to design in order to evaluate sustainable options and inform related decisions about site design.

SS Pilot Credit 55: Bird collision deterrence

  • Reduce bird injury and mortality from in-flight collisions with buildings.

LT Pilot Credit 70: Green vehicles

  • To reduce pollution by promoting alternatives to conventionally fueled automobiles.

SS Pilot Credit 82: Local food production

  • Improve human health and well-being, community involvement, and education on food production by designing and maintaining the site for food production.

SS Pilot Credit 75: Clean construction

  • To minimize the health and climate impacts to local communities from diesel engine emissions associated with construction activities.

SS Pilot Credit 83: Site development – protect or restore habitat – alternative compliance path

  • To conserve existing natural areas and restore damaged areas to provide habitat and promote biodiversity.
Water Efficiency

WE Prerequisite 1: Water use reduction – 20% reduction

  • To increase water efficiency within buildings to reduce the burden on municipal water supply and wastewater systems.

WE Credit 1: Water efficient landscaping (2–4 points)

  • To limit or eliminate the use of potable water or other natural surface or subsurface water resources available on or near the project site for landscape irrigation.

WE Credit 2: Innovative wastewater technologies (2 points)

  • To reduce wastewater generation and potable water demand while increasing the local aquifer recharge.

WE Credit 3: Water use reduction (2–4 points)

  • To further increase water efficiency within buildings to reduce the burden on municipal water supply and wastewater systems.

WE Pilot Credit 10: Sustainable wastewater management

  • To increase the efficiency of wastewater reuse by encouraging water reuse, reduction or recovery.

WE Pilot Credit 17: Cooling tower water use

  • To conserve water used for cooling tower makeup while controlling microbes, corrosion, and scale in the condenser water system.

WE Pilot Credit 18: Appliance and process water use reduction

  •  To reduce the burden on water supply and wastewater systems by increasing the water efficiency of appliances and water-consuming processes.
Energy and Atmosphere

EA Prerequisite 1: Fundamental commissioning of building energy systems

  • To verify that the project’s energy-related systems are installed, calibrated and perform according to the owner’s project requirements, basis of design and construction documents.
  • Benefits of commissioning include reduced energy use, lower operating costs, reduced contractor callbacks, better building documentation, improved occupant productivity and verification that the systems perform in accordance with the owner’s project requirements.

EA Prerequisite 2: Minimum energy performance

 

  • To establish the minimum level of energy efficiency for the proposed building and systems to reduce environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use.

EA Prerequisite 3: Fundamental refrigerant management

  • To reduce stratospheric ozone depletion.

EA Credit 1: Optimize energy performance (1–19 points)

  • To achieve increasing levels of energy performance beyond the prerequisite standard to reduce environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use.

EA Credit 2: On-site renewable energy (1–7 points)

  • To encourage and recognize increasing levels of on-site renewable energy self-supply to reduce environmental and economic impacts associated with fossil fuel energy use.

EA Credit 3: Enhanced commissioning (2 points)

  • To begin the commissioning process early in the design process and execute additional activities after systems performance verification is completed.

EA Credit 4: Enhanced refrigerant management (2 points)

  • To reduce ozone depletion and support early compliance with the Montreal Protocol while minimizing direct contributions to climate change.

EA Credit 5: Measurement and verification

  • To provide for the ongoing accountability of building energy consumption over time.

EA Credit 6: Green power (2 points)

  • To encourage the development and use of grid-source, renewable energy technologies on a net zero pollution basis.

EA Pilot Credit 3: Medical and process equipment efficiency

  • To reduce energy consumption by using efficient medical and other equipment.

EA Pilot Credit 8: Demand response

  • To increase participation in Demand Response technologies and programs that make energy generation and distribution systems more efficient, increase grid reliability, and reduce environmental impacts and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

EA Pilot Credit 27: Reconcile projected and actual energy performance

  • To provide for the ongoing accountability of building energy consumption over time.

EA Pilot Credit 56: Renewable energy – distributed generation

  • To support the installation of distributed renewable energy generation.

EA Pilot Credit 65: Monitoring based commissioning

  • To further support the design, construction, and eventual operation of a project that meets the owner project requirements related to energy, water, indoor environmental quality and durability.

EA Pilot Credit 66: Community contaminant prevention – airborne releases

  • To prevent contaminant releases to air from products of combustion.
Materials and Resources

MR Prerequisite 1: Storage and collection of recyclables

  • To facilitate the reduction of waste generated by building occupants that is hauled to and disposed of in landfills.

MR Credit 1.1: Building reuse – maintain existing walls, floors and roof (1–3 points)

MR Credit 1.2: Building reuse – maintain interior nonstructural elements (1 point)

  • To extend the life cycle of existing building stock, conserve resources, retain cultural resources, reduce waste and reduce environmental impacts of new buildings as they relate to materials manufacturing and transport.

MR Credit 2: Construction waste management (1–2 points)

  • To divert construction and demolition debris from disposal in landfills and incineration facilities. Redirect recyclable recovered resources back to the manufacturing process and reusable materials to appropriate sites.

MR Credit 3: Materials reuse (1–2 points)

  • To reuse building materials and products to reduce demand for virgin materials and reduce waste, thereby lessening impacts associated with the extraction and processing of virgin resources.

MR Credit 4: Recycled content (1–2 points)

  • To increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled content materials, thereby reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials.

MR Credit 5: Regional materials (1–2 points)

  • To 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.

MR Credit 6: Rapidly renewable materials (1 point)

  • To reduce the use and depletion of finite raw materials and long-cycle renewable materials by replacing them with rapidly renewable materials.

MR Credit 7: Certified wood (1 point)

  • To encourage environmentally responsible forest management.

MR Pilot Credit 52: Material multi-attribute assessment

  • To increase the use of products and materials with life cycles, ingredients, and attributes that improve overall environmental, economic and social performance.

MR Pilot Credit 53: Responsible sourcing of raw materials

  • To encourage the use of products and materials for which life cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products verified to have been extracted or sourced in a responsible manner.

MR Pilot Credit 54: Avoidance of chemicals of concern

  • To increase the use of products and materials that disclose chemical ingredient data and reduce the concentrations of chemical contaminants that can damage air quality, human health, productivity, and the environment.

MR Pilot Credit 61: Material disclosure and assessment

  • To encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products from manufacturers who have verified improved environmental life-cycle impacts.

MR Pilot Credit 62: Disclosure of chemicals of concern

  • To increase the use of products and materials that disclose chemical ingredient data.

MR Pilot Credit 63: Whole building life cycle assessment

  • To increase the use of products and materials with life cycles and ingredients that improve overall environmental, economic and social performance.

MR Pilot Credit 69: Construction and demolition waste management

  • To reduce construction and demolition waste disposed of in landfills and incineration facilities by recovering, reusing, and recycling materials.

MR Pilot Credit 76: Material ingredient reporting

MR Pilot Credit 77: Material ingredient optimization

  • To encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products for which the chemical ingredients in the product are inventoried using an accepted methodology and for selecting products verified to minimize the use and generation of harmful substances. To reward raw material manufacturers who produce products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts.

MR Pilot Credit 80: Environmentally preferable interior finishes and furnishings

  •  To increase the use of interior finishes and furnishings with verified preferable multi-attribute environmental profiles.
Indoor Environmental Quality

IEQ Prerequisite 1: Minimum IAQ Performance

  • To establish minimum indoor air quality (IAQ) performance to enhance indoor air quality in buildings, thus contributing to the comfort and well-being of the occupants.

IEQ Prerequisite 2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control

  • To prevent or minimize exposure of building occupants, indoor surfaces and ventilation air distribution systems to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS).

IEQ Credit 1: Outdoor air delivery monitoring (1 point)

  • To provide capacity for ventilation system monitoring to help sustain occupant comfort and well-being.

IEQ Credit 2: Increased ventilation (1 point)

  • To provide additional outdoor air ventilation to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) for improved occupant comfort, well-being and productivity.

IEQ Credit 3.1: Construction IAQ management plan – during construction (1 point)

IEQ Credit 3.2: Construction IAQ management plan – before occupancy (1 point)

  • To reduce indoor air quality (IAQ) problems resulting from construction or renovation and promote the comfort and well-being of construction workers and building occupants.

IEQ Credit 4.1: Low-emitting materials – adhesives and sealants (1 point)

IEQ Credit 4.2: Low-emitting materials – paints and coatings (1 point)

IEQ Credit 4.3: Low-emitting materials – flooring systems (1 point)

IEQ Credit 4.4: Low-emitting materials – composite wood and agrifiber products

  • To reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installers and occupants.

IEQ Credit 5: Indoor chemical and pollutant source control (1 point)

  • To minimize building occupant exposure to potentially hazardous particulates and chemical pollutants.

IEQ Credit 6.1: Controllability of systems – lighting (1 point)

  • To provide a high level of lighting system control by individual occupants or groups in multioccupant spaces (e.g., classrooms and conference areas) and promote their productivity, comfort and well-being.

IEQ Credit 6.2: Controllability of systems – thermal comfort (1 point)

  • To provide a high level of thermal comfort system control by individual occupants or groups in multi-occupant spaces (e.g., classrooms or conference areas) and promote their productivity, comfort and well-being.

IEQ Credit 7.1: Thermal comfort – design (1 point)

  • To provide a comfortable thermal environment that promotes occupant productivity and well-being.

IEQ Credit 7.2: Thermal comfort – verification (1 point)

  • To provide for the assessment of building occupant thermal comfort over time.

IEQ Credit 8.1: Daylight and views – daylight (1 point)

  • To provide building occupants with a connection between indoor spaces and the outdoors through the introduction of daylight and views into the regularly occupied areas of the building.

IEQ Credit 8.2: Daylight and views – views (1 point)

  • To provide building occupants a connection to the outdoors through the introduction of daylight and views into the regularly occupied areas of the building.

IEQ Pilot Credit 21: Low-emitting interiors

  • To reduce concentrations of chemical contaminants that can damage air quality, human health, productivity, and the environment.

IEQ Pilot Credit 22: Interior lighting – quality

  • Provide for occupant comfort by establishing quality criteria for interior lighting within a space.

IEQ Pilot Credit 24: Acoustics

  • To provide workspaces and classrooms that promote occupants’ well-being, productivity, and communications through effective acoustic design.

IEQ Pilot Credit 44: Ergonomics strategy

  • To promote healthy, comfortable, and productive work by designing the workplace to accommodate its users.

IEQ Pilot Credit 57: Enhanced acoustical performance – exterior noise control

  • Improve or have no negative impacts on the outdoor acoustical environment as a result of new or major renovation building construction.

IEQ Pilot Credit 68: Indoor air quality procedure – alternative compliance path

  • To contribute to the comfort and well-being of building occupants by establishing minimum standards for indoor air quality (IAQ).

IEQ Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants

  • Improve the health of building users through physical activity while reducing environmental impacts.
Innovation in Design

ID Credit 1: Innovation in design (1–5 points)

  • To provide design teams and projects the opportunity to achieve exceptional performance above the requirements set by the LEED Green Building Rating System and/or innovative performance in green building categories not specifically addressed by the LEED Green Building Rating System.

ID Credit 2: LEED Accredited Professional (1 point)

  • To support and encourage the design integration required by LEED to streamline the application and certification process.

ID Pilot Credit 60: Integrative process

  • Implement an integrative process that supports high performance, cost-effective project outcomes through analyses of key systems interrelationships before decisions are made on building form and throughout the design process.

IP Pilot Credit 81: Green training for contractors, trades, operators and service workers

  • To support and encourage the knowledge and understanding of green construction practices by those implementing design in the field. In this way the benefits and goals of green building, currently often unknowable by just reading construction documents, will be clearer to the construction team, and more easily, and completely, implemented throughout the construction of the project.
Regional Priority

RP Credit 1: Regional priority (1–4 points)

  • To provide an incentive for the achievement of credits that address geographically specific environmental priorities.
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