Week 5: LEED Certification System

Selene R -

Hi Everyone! 

This Week, I have some super exciting updates about my project, and what’s to come. In order to test my learnings of sustainable architecture I will be doing a building walk through on my own!

As for the building I will be doing my walkthrough on, unfortunately It won’t be able to be a healthcare building since It would be difficult to get the special permissions I need for it. Instead the building I will be doing I have more access to and I’m more familiar with, but I still will keep it anonymous. I will still continue to learn more about specific healthcare architecture along with my project because it helps give me an idea of what to look for. 

For my walkthrough I am going to create a checklist of factors to look for when looking for sustainable architecture. For my checklist I am going to look at things like LEED’s scorecards, to get some examples of what I can put on my checklist. The scorecards I am going to be looking at are for LEED BD+C (LEED for Building Design and Construction) and LEED ID+C (LEED for Interior Design and Construction). 

As I explained in my last Blog LEED is a rating system for a businesses sustainability, the system takes into account everything that I learned with the Triple Bottom Line Concept. Taking into account environment, social, and community benefits, and making sure that the business will also benefit from the sustainable design, LEED is a great scoring system businesses can use.

The version I looked at was LEED v4.1 whose framework is based on human comfort and health, social equity, and inclusivity. There are six rating systems in this version :Building Design and Construction, Interior Design and Construction, Operations and Maintenance, Residential, Cities and Communities, and Recertification. The two scorecards that I was looking at were LEED BD+C and LEED ID+C, because for my walkthrough these are the ones that I believe I will have an easier time identifying. LEEDs point system consists of 4 levels: Certified(40-49 points),Silver(50-59 points),Gold(60-79 points) ,and Platinum (80+ points); there are 110 available, but only 40 are required to get LEED certified. Here are the scorecard’s main topics and their points based on the building I will be looking at. In order to make my checklist I will be looking further into the subtopics.

 

LEED v4.1 ID+C Scorecard

  • Integrative Process (1)
  • Location and Transportation (18)
  • Water Efficiency (12)
  • Energy and Atmosphere (38)
  • Materials and Resources (13)
  • Indoor Environmental Qualities (17
  • Innovation (varies)
  • Regional Priority (4)

LEED v4.1 BD+C Scorecard

  • Integrative Process (1)
  • Location and Transportation (15)
  • Sustainable sites (12)
  • Water efficiency(12)
  • Energy and Atmosphere(31)
  • Materials and resources (13)
  • Indoor Environmental qualities (16)
  • Innovation (6)
  • Regional Priority (4)

 

As for an update on the software’s, I was able to get an older version of a SketchUp software, which I am so excited to begin familiarizing myself with, I attached a picture of what it looks like:

SketchUp

The other software worth learning about was Revit, which is too advanced for me to install at the moment, but I still looked at some of the tool sets it has. The software can be used for engineering and construction, but in my case I will eventually be using it for architectural design.

I should be able to share the checklist I came up with on the blog next week, and I can’t wait to be able to do a walkthrough on my own!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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    edie_l
    I'm glad you will be able to do a walkthrough! It sounds exciting! Are you going to be able to look at all parts of the building? Like the basement or roof?

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