LEED Guidelines Continue to Motivate Purchasing Decisions
LEED, or the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, has a 110 point rating system for commercial interiors. In the LEED rating system, there are 100 possible base points distributed across five major credit categories:
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy and Atmosphere
- Materials and Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
Plus an additional six points for Innovation in Design
and an additional four points for Regional Priority
LEED helps to promote sustainability and green, energy-efficient policies as part of everyday business. DS&D has worked on a few notable projects in the past year that were LEED certified. The recently completed Monroe County Crime Lab was awarded Platinum Certification (80 points and above) and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority Camden building was awarded Gold Certification (60-79 points) for following LEED guidelines.
In our role as a laboratory workstations provider, DS&D accepted the challenge of staying within the LEED requirements for these laboratory jobs, and as a result, DS&D Laboratory Environments was able to provide laboratory equipment and casework that fulfilled this demand. DS&D’s commitment to sustainability not only protects the environment and conserves precious resources; it also provides clients with product solutions that ensure LEED requirements.
Progress in the adoption of LEED requirements and standards also has continued to gain momentum as a new Certification Standards Board has been created by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute to oversee the development of the Cradle to Cradle product certification protocol. Steelcase, our largest furniture manufacturer, has joined the board. Steelcase improves their products based on Cradle to Cradle five criteria:
- Safe and appropriately sourced materials
- Material reutilization
- Renewable energy
- Release of clean water
- Social fairness
If you are looking to enhance sustainability policies or develop purchasing protocols to increase your organization’s adoption of LEED requirements, there are many options available to you. Along with working closely with LEED and other sustainable certified boards, it is easier to go greener and energy-efficient without major expenditures.
To start, you can always establish protocols that encourage shutting down non-essential devices when the user steps away from their desk. Additionally, lower wattage usage can be encouraged by having lower watt devices plugged in along with minimizing lights being used. It has been found useful to use LED desk lamps that only consume three to seven watts. Steelcase offers the SOTO LED Task Lamp, which is energy efficient and mercury-free to provide a pool of brilliant light.
As you aim to shrink your carbon footprint, reduce your real estate footprint organizationally, or simply look to cut back on utilities, small steps can always facilitate a larger change to what your vision is on sustainability in the years and decades to come.