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|
Going "green" goes beyond just the construction of a building, it also includes ongoing educational and maintenance programs that take place post-construction. The SAC developed many of these programs, including the following:
Description: Implemented a pest management program that integrates inspections (for pest prevention) with a minimal amount of chemicals (for pest problems).
Benefit: By using an integrated approach, exposure to harmful chemicals is reduced.
Tip to get started: Talk to your current pest management provider about integrating preventative evaluations with low-impact solutions for treatment.
Description: Created a self-guided tour of the SAC with a field guide that highlights "green" features of building, and developed a report summarizing "green" features of building that other councils may use as an educational tool for their own efforts.
Benefit: The SAC can help educate its constituents how and why to create a "green" building.
Tip to get started: In the building design phase, consider adding features that are conducive to creating a self-guided tour to help educate scouts, volunteers and staff about building "green."
Description: Used Green Label certified products for housekeeping.
Benefit: The products used for housekeeping are concentrated, so less packaging is used and the impact on the environment is reduced.
Tip to get started: Ask your current cleaning vendor if they have "green" products available.
Description: The SAC achieved exemplary performance in the following categories:
Sustainable Sites - Credit 7.1 (Heat Island Effect, Non-Roof)
LEED® requirement: 50 percent reflective paving
SAC achieved: 100 percent reflective paving
Water Efficiency - Credit 3 (Water Efficiency)
LEED® requirement: 30 percent efficiency
SAC achieved: 41 percent efficiency
Tip to get started: From the project inception to execution, document the process noting item(s) that exceed LEED requirement(s).
Description: Received direction and support from LEED Accredited member of the project team.
Benefit: LEED requirements are more easily understood and interpreted by working with a LEED Accredited participant.
Tip to get started: Find out how to become LEED Accredited by visiting the U.S. Green Building Council web site at www.usgbc.org.