Goal is to ensure that the building meets program needs, is cost effective to operate and maintain and provides a superior environment to maximize employees productivity. Provide a design that will achieve a 50% reduction in energy use and provide daylighting to offset electrical lighting loads wherever possible (includes lighting controls).
- LEED Certification or Architecture 2030 challenge .
- ASHRAE A or B+ rating .
- Target value- Qualify for LEED Certification in silver or gold ratings or to accomplish the Architecture 2030 challenge.
- Minimum acceptance value - ASHRAE A or B+ rating .
Design Goals #1 Maximum Daylight
- Window Design Considerations
- Light shelves
- 80% of the building should have daylight
- Size all windows to provide the best daylighting.
- Place external overhangs on south-facing windows to prevent glare and summer solar gains. Depending on simulation results, some south-facing windows may be unshaded to allow for good daylighting.
- A light shelf is a horizontal light-reflecting overhang placed above eye-level with a transom window placed above it. This design, which is most effective on southern orientations, improves daylight penetration, creates shading near the window, and helps reduce window glare.
Design Goals #2 Use of Sustainable Material
- Bamboo is a rapidly renewable substitute for hardwood
- Using Steel
- Wood Products
- No additional costs are associated with recycled material.
- Reduced overall costs due to the substantially increased energy efficiency over conventional construction techniques.
- Use materials in the most productive way with an emphasis on using less.
- Reduce toxic chemicals and environmental impacts throughout the material life cycle.
- Product manufacturers must comply with these requirements to receive an ENERGY STAR label.
Design Goals #3 Landscape Design and Management
- Stormwater management
- Using water outdoors
- Parking pavement
- Landscape vegetation
- Exterior lighting
- Protecting and enhancing the natural beauty and ecological value of the site.
- Reducing energy use in buildings and for lighting around buildings
- Minimizing costs and resource impacts of ongoing landscape management.
- Reducing fire risk and promoting recovery from past fire damage
- Protecting soil and topography features on the site