We don’t provide direct consulting to gain LEED® certification, but do provide specialized services to assist consultants and building owners involved in implementation of a program to gain LEED® certification.
Typically, this consists of building science, measurement, and commissioning services. LEED®, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a program of the U.S. Green Building Council, is an industry standard for “green” building construction and renovation projects. Its certification is aimed at improving building performance based on metrics that not only are good for the environment, but also improve the building owner’s bottom line through lower utility consumption. We take the measurements needed to determine if the requirements set forth in the metrics for a certification are being met.
We provide direct consulting to architects, consultants and others involved in the LEED® process.
Moisture Sensitive Materials: Sustainable construction involves the use of recycled and recyclable materials. Frequently, such materials are also moisture sensitive. Care must be taken to make sure that these materials are not impacted by moisture so that they begin the recycling process while still in service. We consult about building science, and mechanical engineering issues such as dehumidification that affects moisture control for a facility, and thus avoids moisture damage to susceptible materials.
Sealants, Coatings & Roofs: Modern buildings, including sustainable buildings, frequently rely on high-tech sealants and coatings to remain weather tight. These materials have a life span of several years to a decade and must be maintained properly to avoid water intrusion that can cause premature recycling and deterioration. Roofs are another critical element in the health of a building and require proper maintenance to perform. We consult with architects and others in development of specifications and details for sealants, coatings and roofs. Proper maintenance for these critical weatherproofing elements falls on the building owner who typically does not realize there is a critical maintenance need, and does not have the technical skills necessary to accomplish proper upkeep. We develop maintenance programs for sealants, coating, and roofs to help maintain watertight conditions throughout the building’s lifespan.
Commissioning: We provide the measurements needed to verify that the metrics stated in the certification requirements for the building are met. In addition, we train the building manager and maintenance staff, and equip them with what is essentially an “owner’s manual” for the building, its components and systems. This manual provides guidance on things like the operation of mechanical and electrical equipment, as well as the proper method of maintaining weatherproofing elements of the building envelope, maintenance, and replacement schedules. We can also assist the owner in entering this data into one of the available computerized maintenance and work order systems.
Here are some examples of past projects that illustrate our approach.
- Ventilation Rates Determined by IAQ Studies
- Plaster Study Classifies Wall and Ceiling Plasters in 200 Buildings Built Between 1880 and 1980
- Evaluation of Mold Amplification and Moisture Dynamics in University Dormitory
- Water Damage Analysis Improves Building HVAC Performance