A few months ago, I posted about a building project called Designing and Building for Ground Level in a Flood Zone. This SDG Architecture project is the newly opened branch of the 2840 sq. ft. Wells Fargo bank near the corner of Curlew and Bayshore Drive in Dunedin. It won a LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). What is LEED you might ask?
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices by meeting and or exceeding prerequisite quality levels for a building project in five key areas of environmental and human health. According to the USGBC, these include:
- Energy and Atmosphere (35 possible points)
- Indoor Environmental Quality (15 possible points)
- Materials Selection (14 possible points)
- Sustainable Site Development (26 possible points)
- Water Conservation (10 possible points)
- LEED Certified™: 40-49 points
- LEED Silver®: 50-59 points
- LEED Gold®: 60-79 points
- LEED Platinum®: 80+ points
LEED is a generally voluntary program but many states require a LEED Certification for public buildings. According to Concretethinker.com, aside from a positive environmental image for the owner and structure, many green building practices deliver highly positive results in air quality, cost savings, daylighting and lighting, increased labor productivity, job retention, higher student test scores, and general user comfort. LEED projects include new construction and renovations, homes, core and shell, existing buildings, operations and maintenance, commercial interiors, schools, retail, healthcare and neighborhood development.
Lighting calculations are based on figures for each area or room in the building by s.f. dimensions. These include Bank Area, Lobby Area, Open Office, Conference Room, Break Room, Restrooms, Electric and Mechanical Rooms and Corridors, totaling 2840 s.f. LPD (Lighting Power Density) calculations showed a 15% reduction, bettering the 10% reduction minimum required for the Lighting Density and Lighting Automatic Controls LEED Credit.
The Environmental Quality factor for green buildings is often met by the use of renewable materials. Recycled paint and carpet formulated to lower off-gassing of volatile gasses finish the interior of the Wells Fargo building. The interior comfort level of employees and customers includes an outdoor view at seating level and standing level for 1019 sq. ft. of the building interior.
The Wells Fargo project was built by Kokolakis Construction. It has achieved green building status with a LEED Silver certification, demonstrating forward thinking in environmental stewardship, water and energy conservation, cost, comfort and health factors. SDG Architecture is proud to be an important part of this project for Wells Fargo.