Our High Performance Building

We started this project because of a simple need:  We outgrew our space and needed a new home.  But this change of space was an important time and I came back to our company values to be deliberate and very aware of where we would want to be and what that would look like.

A team of one designer, professional architects, a green minded general contractor, and a project manager, sat down with me and plotted out a goal.

Goal

To design and create a high performance, energy efficient facility that meets all operational requirements while following the company’s values of promoting health for both the occupants, the community, and the environment as a whole.

We would go for LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and create space for community events and the educational seminars we provide to our family of Health Professionals.  LEED was the best third party verified, nationally recongnized green building rating system, that encourages the adoption of sustainable building practices.

Here are some of the elements achieved in the building:

Design

  • Conserve materials in construction
  • Maximize daylight and views
  • Utilize sustainable materials

Construction

  • Low emitting carpet and with recycled content
  • Low V.O.C. paints, adhesives, and sealants
  • Indoor air quality management plan

Efficiency

  • 17% reduction in heating and cooling load
  • 32% lighting power reduction
  • 40% water use reduction

Reuse

  • Comprehensive compost and recycling plan
  • 70% + recycling of construction materials
  • 50% + all furnishings reclaimed

LEED

  • Nationally recognized green building rating system
  • Encourages sustainable building practices globally
  • Third party verified

Results

  • Increased our knowledge of green building & technology
  • Healthy indoor work environment
  • High performance building