Greenview Global Principal Daniel A. Huard, PMP, LFA, LEED® AP O+M~BD+C leads fellow members of the National Fenestration Rating Council on a tour of USGBC HQ the LEED for Existing Buildings Platinum Certified National Headquarters which earned 94 points. Huard, a Board of Directors Member of the NFRC, Cheryl Gendron NFRC Meetings Manager and Colin White from the USGBC's Community Development Team organized the tour as a collaborative outreach event scheduled during the NFRC’s Spring Committee Week. Colin White facilitated the tour with some assistance from Huard a highly experienced LEED Certification practitioner who has held many positions with USGBC including 2014 President of USGBC Nevada Chapter, USGBC South-West Region Emerging Professionals Chair, USGBC Western Regional Council Director and also contributing author to the LEED v4 Ratings Standard.
The tour participants got to see many of the facilities features unique and sustainable - green features including the sweet gumwood walls that grace the elevator corridor and main lobby. The wood logged in the 1800s's has color variation is derived relative of its depth prior to salvage from the Tennessee River for use in the offices.
The LEED Dynamic Plaque was on display within the facility this new tool is a super performance verifying tool that measure then nearly simultaneously displays the dynamic performance of the facility
During the design it was determined to locate the workstations away from the floor-to-ceiling windows to create a perimeter eco-corridor walkway, which acts as a light shelf to bounce sunlight deeper into the office. On bright days, there's no need for overhead lighting because there's so much daylight streaming in. This strategy also aids in the modulation of the interior temperatures since it’s not regularly occupied, the temperature further saving energy and money with a 400% ROI in 10 years. Further strategies seen included Biophilia views of the outdoors for 97 percent of the desks, pictures or symbols of nature, the water features, live plants and an occupant established herb garden in the kitchen. The kitchen's informal break area also includes super comfortable Eames molded plywood chairs. Typical items like dedicated bike racks in the building garage and staff member showers and change rooms facilitate an active lifestyle which augments the buildings state-of-the-art fitness facility in the basement.
Water-savings strategies include dual-flush toilets, waterless urinals, low-flow faucets and low-flow showers that attained a 40.3 percent reduction in water usage. Restrooms also include energy-efficient hand dryers and automated flow faucets with solar cells that charge their battery powered controllers.
The tour concluded with a visit to the product and publications library where the participants were quite intrigued and interested by examples of materials used in the facility and publications available.
Greenview Global Principal Daniel Huard exemplifies their Mission by positively impacting their clients, communities and the planet.
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