LEED, Sustainability, and Green:
What does it all mean?

TRIAD Architects is committed to helping our clients understand the principles of LEED, the advantages and disadvantages of going Green and helping them make informed decisions about how to meet their goals in these areas.

What is LEED? The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized Green Building Rating system developed by the nonprofit organization known as The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to provide third-party verification that a building project is environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy place to live, work, and learn.

LEED Certification | LEED registration is a voluntary process by which a building owner submits a series of submittals to gain points in the different LEED design principle categories.  Depending on the number of points achieved the building can receive an official status of LEED Certified, LEED Silver, LEED Gold, or LEED Platinum. Recently the USGBC has made LEED more flexible by creating a series of rating systems for different project types including new buildings, existing buildings, interiors, homes, and schools, to name a few. In Ohio all new OSFC funded projects are now required to be certified LEED Silver in the LEED for Schools Rating System.

Why and When to go LEED? TRIAD Architects will counsel you on the advantages and disadvantages of adopting LEED principles in the design of your project, as well as while pursuing LEED registration and managing the LEED process.  We recognize that each project is distinct with a unique set of goals and expectations and we will help you identify and meet goals that are appropriate for you.

Recent TRIAD LEED and Green Projects

Westerville City Schools | TRIAD worked with Westerville City Schools to explore their options with seeking LEED for Existing Building Certification and to implement LEED Design Principles into their Capital Improvements Program that works to maintain their 23 existing school buildings.

Cedar Bog Nature Preserve Education Center | Completed in early 2009, this project is located on a nature preserve in western Ohio. It integrates several sustainable design principles such as a rain garden for storm water management, on-site waste water management through the use of a constructed wetland,  waterless urinals, geothermal heating, a trombe wall, photovoltaic shingles, light monitoring and controls, and the use of green finishes.

Glacier Ridge Metro Park Outdoor Classroom | This exterior classroom at Glacier Ridge Metro Park in Dublin, Ohio highlights a wind turbine and photovoltaic panel located in the park.  Visitors are guided through hands-on, interactive exhibits that explain solar power and wind power technology to an exterior classroom that sets off the wind and solar technology.

Ashford Park | A 90-acre mixed use development including residential, office and retail uses, and is currently in the design development phase.  Sustainable practices being considered include water table re-Charge through bio-swales and permeable paving, water recovery systems including gray water and rain water systems, electricity-producing wind turbines, solar electric PV panels and shingles, on-site geothermal exchange, green material selections, and green construction practices.  The developers of this project have indicated that they will seek LEED Certification for this project and are even considering a seeking a Platinum level. See the project here.

For further information on LEED please visit the USGBC website.


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