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Industrial Green Building Certification

The green building certification is a voluntary program offered by the United State Green Building Council (USGBC) and is called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed the LEED program initially. There are four certification levels namely

  • Certified - 40 to 49 points
  • Silver -50 to 59 points
  • Gold - 60 to 79 points
  • Platinum - 80 to 110 points

Link to: LEED Score Card
Link to: LEED Rating System

LEED Green Building scope includes

  • USGBC Certification
  • Design guidance for HVAC including Fresh Air system design
  • Building fundamental and enhanced commissioning
  • LEED documentation and submission

PART 1 – LEED Certification Support (Policies, Documentation and Calculations)

  • Following services as part of the LEED Certification Support:
  • Project registration with USGBC (costs to be borne by ITC)
  • Definition of performance periods for LEED EB documentation purposes
  • Development of facility specific management plans/policies as applicable,
    1. Storm Water Management plan
    2. Water Economic Assessment Policy
    3. Cooling Tower Water Management Plan
    4. Energy Efficiency Best Management Policy
    5. Sustainable Purchasing Policy
    6. Solid Waste Management Policy
    7. Green Cleaning policy
    8. Indoor Air Quality Management Plan
    9. Environmental Tobacco Smoke Policy
  • Credit compliance calculations for all applicable credits
    1. Storm Water
    2. Water Reduction
    3. Refrigerant Management
    4. Utility Analysis
    5. Emissions Reduction
    6. Ventilation Rate Procedure
    7. Purchase Analysis
    8. Waste Analysis
  • Identification and collection of necessary supporting data for the credits targeted
  • Completing necessary LEED templates and documentation for USGBC submission.
  • Entire submission set for USGBC.
  • Application to USGBC for certification.
  • USGBC liaising and response to audit queries.
  • Award of rating.
  • Post certification support for marketing and ordering of plaques.

These services will cover the length of the project up to building occupancy and hand off.

PART 2 - HVAC design for fresh air

Providing the assistance in developing and verifying the HVAC design specifications; drawings and BOQ. KCE shall develop HVAC fresh air floor layouts, BOQ and equipment submittals to achieve the developer’s intent of energy efficiency and sustainable design as per ASHRAE.

The scope of HVAC design guidance includes

  • Develop Fresh Air design for air conditioned spaces w/o fresh air
  • Fresh air calculation as per ASHRAE 62.1
  • Duct drawings
  • Duct pressure drop calculations
  • Fan sizing and Fan selection
  • Design Package
  • Supervision during execution (at times)

PART 3 - Commissioning Authority services

Serving as the commissioning authority and will be responsible for fundamental commissioning of the building systems as well as other related Cx activities. Commissioning of an existing building provides a systematic assessment of the buildings function and performance by direct observation, reviewing building documents and examining operations and maintenance practices. The investigation and analysis process is intended to make sure that all major systems and equipment’s are operating as intended by the facility manager and as designed by the manufacturer. This process facilitates the cooperative, efficient and effective performance of the building equipment and helps extend equipment life time. Commissioning also plays a critical role in maintaining energy performance and occupant comfort over life of building.

Commissioning Authority services included in this part

  • Perform building commissioning for mechanical systems, building management system and solar hot water systems.
  • Commissioning services to include
  • Review of owner’s project requirements
  • Developing Commissioning Plan
  • Performing installation verification
  • Performance verification (including system readiness checks)
  • Pre-functional testing
  • Functional performance testing
  • Prepare commissioning report
  • Prepare and perform operator training

HVAC systems including

  • Air Handling Unit
  • Fan Coil Units
  • Chiller Plant
  • Boiler Plant
  • Chiller auxiliaries
  • Lighting controls
  • Control system
  • Other equipment (Fans – Basement , exhaust, Ventilation)

Other systems which are not required to be commissioned by USGBC are not included like Fire, Security, Electrical, Transformers, DG, Access, and Envelope etc.

PART 4 - LEED documentation and submission

Following audits to meet compliance with applicable LEED credits:

  1. Storm water audit
  2. Rainwater audit
  3. Water efficiency audit
  4. Energy Audit as per Energy Star
  5. I-BEAM IAQ audit
  6. Erosion Control and Building Exterior Hardscape Audit
  7. Pesticide audit for interior and exterior
  8. Custodial Effectiveness audit as per APPA
  9. Exterior light night trespass audit
  10. High Performance Cleaning program development
  11. Daylight and View audit
  12. Occupant Survey for thermal comfort
  13. Commute Survey
  14. Green House Gas Foot printing
  15. Waste Audit

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