Transform your structure and achieve Leed certification with the help of Advanced Control
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (Leed) is the nationally accepted hallmark of efficient, high performance design, construction and operation of green buildings that are environmentally friendly. A variety of buildings in Florida are given Leed Certification when the structure meets the standards required. These buildings must maintain advanced technology that reduces water and electricity usage, and also preserve a minimum of 40% or more of the landscape and open space that the building is situated on.
In the 1990’s, as a way to protect and preserve Florida land and reduce damage to the natural environment, the State of Florida committed to constructing state managed Leed certified buildings. Performance measures that comply with Leed standards have been an on-going fundamental element of building design and construction at the Florida Department of Management Services. In Florida, Leed certification levels focus on and include a reduction in over-all maintenance, minimal replacement costs, healthy indoor air quality, energy conservation and reduced waste.
If you have been curious about Leed certification and what that entails, the experts at Advanced Control Corp. can assist you in transforming your current structure. Some of the features of Leed certified buildings include:
- Installed wall-operated temperature controls that can only be managed by authorized personnel.
- Use of high efficiency lighting with programmed controls to reduce usage and maximize the longevity of the lights.
- Construction of a sub-floor air delivery system that enables fast and efficient circulation of clean, conditioned air.
- The recycling of used water for drip irrigation in plant beds and other lawn areas to enhance maximum water conservation.
- The installation of motion sensors to trigger lighting only when a room is occupied.
- Restroom installations include sensor-controlled 1.6 gallon flush toilets, 1/8 gallon flush urinals and low-flow sensor controlled faucets. A reduction in water waste is estimated to average about 45%.
- The erection of outdoor building canopies provide shade and reflect light. They serve to minimize an unfavorable impact on humans, the microclimate and the flora and fauna habitat.
- The use of sound masking technology to create a uniform and neutral sound spectrum to produce masked speech and improved privacy.
- The housing of air ducts, data lines and electrical wiring under raised flooring.
- The use of daylight harvesting through perimeter zones to enable all electrical lighting to shut off when there is an ample amount of daylight entering the space. Also, automation schedules in the structure allow for the electrical lighting to be shut off when the building is unoccupied.
- The provision of transportation options such as secure bicycle racks, and the installation of showers and changing facilities for employees. These options aid in the reduction of pollution and undesirable land development impacts from automobile use.
Leed certification standards also include alternative transportation, carpooling and parking; revitalized landscaping and sustainability; storm water treatment systems; use of reclaimed water and reduced water usage; monitored and efficient energy systems; collection of recyclables and waste management; monitored indoor environment; use of low VOC emitting materials; a public education program;, renewable energy systems and much more.
The State of Florida incorporates Leed certification to ensure sustainable building practices in design, construction and renovation of state buildings. Advanced Control Corporation is an industry leader in preparing buildings for Leed certification and has worked with a variety of structure types throughout South Florida and beyond. Achieve Leed certification status by calling us at 954-491-6660 to begin the process.