Redstone Gateway Building 1100 Receives LEED Silver Certification
By Hoar Construction
The 5-story Class A office building consists of precast concrete, metal panels, and glazed aluminum curtain wall. The TPO membrane roof has a beige colored membrane with a Solar Reflectance Index of 78, which results in high reflectance and high emittance reducing heat gain into the facility. Building 1100 also has a more conservative approach to water usage. The landscaping package includes plants native to the area, reducing the irrigation demand in excess of 50%.
The Hoar Construction project team played an active role in achieving the LEED Silver accreditation. To ensure exceptional indoor air quality at project turnover, the team implemented an Indoor Air Quality Management Plan. Ductwork was constantly monitored from the time it arrived on the jobsite. The project team made conscious efforts during buyout to purchase locally manufactured and recycled materials ultimately using 26.44% recycled and 26.00% regional materials. Buying locally manufactured materials reduced travel distance and time, reducing total emissions due to transportation.
Other notable aspects of the facility’s sustainability features include:
• Using low emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles to transport materials
• Installing high-efficiency mechanical systems
• Reducing water use by more than 35% with high-efficiency plumbing equipment
• Diverting and managing construction waste
• Using carpet and paint materials with low concentrations of volatile organic compounds
LEED certification is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program to reward best practices in a building’s energy, water, and natural resource performance. The LEED rating system measures sustainability according to established, nationally accepted criteria for building performance in five key areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.