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LEED® Practices and Implementation

LEED practices and implementation for a building evolve using a holistic approach which looks beyond just obtaining points, delving into discipline interdependencies, sound design practices, functionality, and affordability.

The collaboration of the owner, design professionals, contractors, and commissioning agents to the process is vital as the implementation of one design choice will often times affect the design parameters of another system. Knowledge of these interdependencies as they relate to MEP systems is a hallmark of JLRD's approach to sustainable projects, which is valuable in the early stages of design.

The following LEED categories are considered for implementation which would directly impact the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems:

  • Light pollution reduction of the exterior lighting system
  • Overall lighting system efficiency
  • Interior and exterior lighting controls
  • On-site renewable energy resources (photovoltaic array, wind, and/or solar hot water)
  • Daylight harvesting
  • Measurement and verification of electrical and water consumption
  • Interactive building interfaces for educational purposes
  • Reduction of overall water consumption up to 85%
  • Support alternative transportation by incorporation of showers
  • HVAC system efficiency
  • Thermal storage
  • Improved HVAC system filtering
  • Non-CFC refrigerant management
  • Enhanced Commissioning
  • Increased Ventilation
  • Outdoor air delivery monitoring
  • Controllability of thermal systems, design and verification
U.S. Green Building Council

We determine through energy modeling not only how the HVAC and electrical design strategies contribute to the overall project goals, but in collaboration with our architectural clients, the impact of thermal envelope components, building orientation, sun screens/shading and similar elements otherwise outside the realm of MEP systems. Quantifying the contributions and knowing their interdependencies results in well-informed, cost conscious, decision making and ultimately, a better project.

JLRD can assist in verifying the installation is in compliance with the intended design conveyed in the construction documents. The following tasks would be completed during the "Commissioning Process":

  • Develop and implement a Commissioning plan
  • Review contractor submittals (shop drawings) applicable to systems being commissioned
  • Verify the installation and performance of commissioned systems
  • Develop a systems manual for the commissioned systems
  • Verify that requirements for training are completed
  • Complete a summary commissioning report
  • Review building operation within ten (10) months after substantial completion.