Features that helped the Michael Baker International team attain LEED Platinum certification include solar energy, optimized lighting designs, water-efficient landscaping
, custom indoor water fixtures, fuel-efficient and vanpool parking spaces, bicycle racks, and the selection of sustainable and Forest Stewardship Council certified materials for interior finishes and furnishings.
The plant is also designed to be water efficient, utilizing water-efficient landscaping
and naturalized bio-retention areas to treat storm water.
and water-saving fixtures are also factors in the equation with monitoring taking place at regular intervals.
LEED certification of the Suzhou plant expansion was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project as well as the broader community, including such features as water-efficient landscaping
and low-emitting construction materials.
in the Mountain West: A Professional and Do-It-Yourself Guide provides a specific guide for any interested in water-efficient landscaping
in the Mountain West region, and provides a working manual packed with information on the technical aspects of designing, building and maintaining such landscapes.
This includes measures like more water-efficient landscaping
of parish grounds, water-use reduction, landscaping with plants that don't require a lot of water, and using low-flush toilets in parish facilities.
, including native grasses, surround the building.
Use of recycled materials including construction, furniture and fixtures;-- Use of energy efficient lighting and extensive use of natural lighting;-- Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system that includes energy monitoring equipment to improve indoor air quality;-- Water-efficient landscaping
that reduces water needs and utilizes native drought-tolerant grasses and plants;-- Use of low-emitting carpets, paints, adhesives, sealants and coatings;-- Implementation of a corporate ergonomics program; and-- Implementation of a corporate van/car-pooling program.
The building will have multiple Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design components, including a water-efficient landscaping
and irrigation system, a bicycle storage rack and shower/changing rooms, a high solar reflectance roof to decrease heat absorption, a recycling station for building occupants, and paint and carpet with low volatile organic compounds to keep harmful chemicals out of the building environment.
These include incentive programs that encourage residents to replace grass with water-efficient landscaping
, rebates applicable for the purpose of water-saving pool covers and water-saving irrigation products, and programs geared specifically to help local businesses save water.
Content for the magazine will include information on water efficiency and energy, buildings and land, businesses, communities, residential and commercial construction, wastewater treatment, new technologies and materials, leach-fields, water-efficient landscaping
, drinking water quality, environmental concerns, new state and federal legislative and regulatory actions, and cooling and heating.
Homebuilders, too, will have to meet green standards, including the use of recycled building materials, energy-efficient interior systems and water-efficient landscaping