At the inception of the Brewery Blocks project, the developer was determined to pursue an agenda of maximizing green, high performance features throughout all of the buildings. An integrated design/construction approach was deemed essential in meeting this requirement. The entire design and construction team was convened at the beginning of the building project and participated in two, one-day eco-charrettes. A LEED-accredited sustainability consultant led the eco-charrettes and the purpose was to bring the team together around a common set of objectives in achieving the highest possible standards for sustainable development. More specifically, construction project manager Kevin Cady notes that the eco-charrette provided the opportunity to go through the LEED criteria, learn how to specify green materials, and identify construction protocol procedures necessary to achieve a LEED rating. Cady also indicates that this experience was invaluable for making the construction process run smoothly, “You can’t do it after the fact, it’s too late”. The developer used The Natural Step principles as the framework for their sustainable efforts and LEED as the metrics for determining their progress. It was decided to pursue LEED certification early on.
Keys to Success – Pre-design:
- Strive to integrate sustainability into project conceptualization and objectives
- Hire a LEED/sustainability specialist to assist the project team in formulating a common goal and the means by which to achieve that goal
- Use pre-established guidelines and rating systems to structure and measure a sustainable building program