Written by Mike Swofford Monday, 10 January 2011 02:00
|Green Features and LEED Certification|
|SAC and LEED Overview|
|Energy and Atmosphere|
|Materials and Resources|
|Indoor Environmental Quality|
|Innovation and Design Process|
A high-quality indoor environment offers many health benefits to building occupants. Below are some of the ways the SAC created a superior indoor environment for scouts, volunteers and staff:
Description: Created a designated smoking area that is 25 feet away from entries, outdoor air intakes and operable windows.
Benefit: Exposure to second-hand smoke is reduced.
Tip to get started: Identify an area on your building site that could serve as a designated smoking area. Make sure it is at least 25 feet from the building.
Description: Implemented a plan to maintain high-quality air and to reduce dust during construction.
Benefit: By having an air quality management plan, problems are prevented and the health of the construction staff and occupants is sustained.
Tip to get started: Prior to construction of a new building, establish an air quality management plan.
Description: Conducted a building flush-out with 14,000 cubic feet of outdoor air per square foot of building.
Benefit: By flushing out the facility prior to occupants entering the building, the construction contaminants are removed and the best air quality possible is created.
Tip to get started: When flushing out a building, maintain an internal temperature of at least 60 degrees and relative humidity of no more than 60 percent.
Description: Chose paints, adhesives and carpet systems that have low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC).
Benefit: Exposure to harmful chemicals improves air quality and reduces sensory irritation and other short- and long-term adverse health effects.
Tip to get started: Many companies produce low-VOC products that are also cost-effective. Consult with your suppliers to ensure these products are used.
Description: Placed walk-off floor mats at entryways.
Benefit: Floor mats help capture dirt, dust and other contaminants brought into the building from the outside.
Tip to get started: Consider adding entrance mats to your facility. Be sure to put a cleaning plan in place or find a company that will clean and maintain the floor mats as well.
Description: Installed MERV 14 filter* on mechanical equipment.
Benefit: A MERV 14 filter limits molds and helps control respirable-size particles including most bacteria, which promotes wellness for occupants.
Tip to get started: When selecting a filter, consider the building's location, occupancy, air quality issues and type of HVAC system.
*MERV 13 filter is LEED requirement, but SAC used MERV 14 filters
Description: Maximized use of natural light throughout building.
Benefit: Natural lighting has been shown to have a positive impact on productivity and well being.
Tip to get started: In the design phase, consider adding windows throughout the building to help improve employee productivity and well being.