Friday, December 6, 2013

Rochester's Bergmann Associates Celebrates 100 LEED-Certified Buildings

Business Wire
The Crocs store at Destiny USA mall

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is becoming more popular, especially when it comes to renovating old structures. People want to make the most of their building efforts and more are choosing to build by the LEED certification standards. 

Evidence of the increasing popularity and what is predicted to be necessity can been seen through the efforts of the architecture and engineering firm, Bergmann Associates of Rochester, NY. The Destiny USA mall's Crocs store, located in Syracuse, is Bergmann's 100th LEED-certified project. This is a great accomplishment and adds to the go green attitude. The firm has also completed the Unity at Ridgeway medical building and one of Rochester’s fire stations on Hudson Avenue.

The Crocs store, which received Silver Certification in September features:
-use of rainwater to flush toilets
-energy-efficient lighting
-use of paint containing no volatile organic compounds

Charles Bertuch, office manager and Professional Engineer, states people want to know up front, "Where can you save money, where can you save energy, where can you reduce contaminants?” He states that very few people do not include that in their bottom line before starting a project. This kind of mentality adds to the success of green building initiatives. 

The Destiny USA mall contains several projects from Bergmann including the firm's consultation on the recent LEED-gold structure addition. The firm aims to assist in the creation of a Puma shoe and sports store for which they want to gain LEED-platinum. 

Another firm, Pathfinder Engineers & Architects LLP, has 25 LEED-certifications under their belt and gave kuddos to Bergmann for completing the task of 100. 

Rochester is a booming area of LEED-certification. There are 42 LEED-certified buildings, including a Frito-Lay service center which received a gold rating in 2005. New York state as a whole is becoming a LEED-certification state. Of more than 1,100 project in the state, roughly 70% have been certified within the last two years.

This is great news for our environment as well as our economy. By understanding the resources needed and correctly building a structure the first time around, this allows for limited wasted resources. GreenEDU proudly offers LEED Exam Prep courses. 

Created by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a voluntary, consensus-based, and quantifiable rating system for green building, LEED has become the most widely recognized green building rating system in the world. LEED Exam Prep is the best way to make sure you pass the challenging LEED certification exams on your first try. With GreenEDU, you will learn from the LEED instructors through simple to follow educational materials, excellent presentations, and real-world examples that will help you understand the complex concepts.

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Source:Democrat and Chronicle