Michael P. Linden, P.E., LEED AP®
When I hear a project is considering obtaining a LEED Certification of any level, I immediately volunteer for the job. The exciting aspect for me is that it allows one to really explore the advances in the HVAC field in an attempt to be as energy cost dollar minded as possible.
LEED projects also allow for greater communication between the design team members. This communication builds stronger bonds than normal projects, and I feel it enhances the entire project from conception to completion. Having been the Mechanical Engineer of Record for the first LEED Certified Gold Elementary School in Florida makes me feel that as an Engineer, I am doing my part for a cleaner, greener society for future generations.
Charles C. Gableman, P.E., LEED AP®
I believe the art of facility engineering is the combination of science application with interactive building design to enhance function, efficiency, sustainability and maintenance. These principles are essential to the core intent of LEED and its application to virtually every engineering project regardless of the pursuit of certification. Obtaining my accredited professional certification in 2004, I have been able to practice my beliefs in all construction sectors so that designing with a ‘greening’ perspective has become second nature.
With the daily advancements in technology, opportunities are presenting themselves which were not readily available in the marketplace or economically viable just a few years ago. As such, staying abreast of these products and using them on projects allows owners to realize opportunities immediately as they relate to energy efficiency, sustainability, and maintenance. The correct application of current technology inspires my professional aspirations to provide value to our clients, as well as positively impacting the environment for future generations.
Timothy M. Feagans, LEED AP®
I obtained my LEED Accredited Professional certification in 2009. Studying for the LEED exam brought me the knowledge and understanding of sustainable design principals and how they were being scored through the LEED program, and I was pleased to see that many of our pre-LEED design approaches were aligned with these goals. Having participated on the LEED teams of a number of projects I have found that while the exact approach varies, the end result achieves an energy efficient, sustainable facility.
I incorporate aspects of sustainable design and energy saving technology into all of my project designs, even when the building is not trying to achieve LEED certification, as the energy savings, water conservation, and indoor air quality benefits the building owner, the building occupants, and society as a whole.