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LEED Certification

Marc Allen Orthodontics is proud to be a LEED certified U.S. Green Council Member!

Our participation in LEED gives us the tools we need to have an immediate and measurable impact on our building’s performance. Our facilities are designed to:

  • Lower operating costs and increase value
  • Reduce waste sent to landfills
  • Conserve energy and water
  • Be healthier and safer for occupants
  • Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
  • Demonstrate the leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility we feel for our city and patients.

What is LEED?

 

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green building certification system that provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions (source, www.usgbc.org). For more information, visit the LEED site.

Certifications are completed by the Green Building Certification Institute, an independent non-profit established in 2008 with the support of USGBC.

Who is behind the LEED rating system?

The Washington D.C. based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC is comprised of a diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and citizens, and teachers and students.

Why was it important to us to build a LEED certified facility?

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant and environmental opportunity. Increasing the efficiency of our facilities could meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and earning a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs (www.usgbc.org).

What does LEED measure?

Site selection and development

  • Building on undeveloped land is discouraged 
  • Impact on waterways and ecosystems should be minimal
  • Landscaping should be regionally appropriate
  • Storm water runoff should be controlled
  • Reduction of erosion, light pollution, and construction-related pollution should be promoted
 

Water efficiency

  • More efficient appliances, fixtures and fittings inside and outside the facility, and an efficient overall use of water 

Energy and atmosphere

  • Encourages the use of energy wise strategies such as: commissioning, energy use monitoring, efficient design and construction, efficient appliances, systems and lighting, etc. 
  • Facility should use renewable and clean sources of energy that are generated on-site or off-site

Materials and resources

  • Encourages the selection of sustainably grown, harvested, produced, and transported products in construction phases
  • Waste reduction, as well as reuse and recycling, is encouraged

Indoor environmental quality

  • Promotes strategies that improve indoor air as well as those that provide access to natural daylight and views and improve acoustics

Locations and linkages

  • Building on previously developed land or infill sites is encouraged
  • Facilities built near already-existing infrastructure, community resources, and transit stations are rewarded

Awareness and education

  • Those that are using the facility should be provided with the education and tools they need to understand why the building is green and how to maximize the efficiency within it

Innovation and design

  • Bonus points are rewarded for buildings that use innovative new approaches to efficiency that may not be included in LEED ratings as of yet

Regional priority

  • Up to four extra points towards certification can be obtained by addressing any of the four local regional concerns identified by regional USGBC council members
Dr. Marc Allen

Going green is an important step for a business to strive toward. We reached for the stars and achieved a LEED certification. Wow!

- Dr. Marc Allen

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