Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation is the standard that projects and buildings hoping to be recognised as ‘green’, or resource efficient, are measured against. LEED, one of the most widely used 3rd party accreditation scheme for green buildings in the world, not only considers the way buildings are planned and constructed, but also how they are operated and maintained.
Multi-level Rating System
In order to achieve LEED Accreditation, a project must score points across a range of categories. If a project scores enough points to qualify for accreditation, it will be rated as ‘Certified’, ‘Silver’, ‘Gold’ or ‘Platinum’ buildings.
A building that receives one of these LEED ratings will be resource efficient, addressing issues such as energy consumption and greenhouse gas production. All types of buildings are eligible for LEED accreditation, from new-build residential homes to large established corporate premises.
Real World Examples
Talking about putting all these plans into place is all well and good, but how does it work in the real world? Here we look a couple of examples of our projects that achieved a LEED accreditation and how they were achieved.
Site 1 - Category B Bespoke Office Refurbishment Fit-Out of Oracle Block B, East Point, Dublin
This ‘campus’ site was awarded the very top ‘Platinum’ LEED rating achieved in part, by installing the following:
Intelligent LED lighting systems
Sustainable energy Solar Panels and Heat Recovery technology
Highly energy efficient HVAC system
Solar PV panels
Site 2 – Refurbished 3940m2 Head Office for Eaton Industries Ltd.
Works included installation of full HVAC and electrical services, replacement of all facades and removal of roof-top plant room and replacement with screened plant area.
LEED Assessment Services: JV Tierney acted in the role of LEED Commissioning Agent (CxA) for the project acting on behalf of Eaton Corporation
This development was awarded a ‘Gold’ rating by conducting the following:
Review of the Owner’s Project Requirements
Review of the Basis of Design
Review of the M&E Specifications
Review of the M&E Contractor’s submittals
Outlining the Commissioning Programme
Inspecting, witnessing and sign-off of HVAC/Electrical Systems
Development of Systems Manual for Client Use
Leadership in Energy and Environment design accreditation was created for all types and sizes of projects and buildings. From government installations to hospitals and libraries, everyone can benefit from the energy, money and environment saving measures that come as part of an LEED award.