For over 35 years, Mad Dog Construction has understood that the built environment has a substantial impact on our social, environmental and economic quality of life and we are committed to promoting and implementing Sustainable Construction in our business. In 2008, Mad Dog was recognized as the first recipient of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce’s Green Business Award of the Year based on our long standing history of green construction, the services we provide our clients and the sustainable operations and maintenance of our corporate office.
The decision on certification – LEED/FGBC, or no certification, is one that can make a significant financial impact on your project. With experience gained through Mad Dog’s green construction lab, Urbangreen Building, which will be a LEED certified building, Mad Dog’s LEED Accredited Professionals are able to advise you on the costs and benefits of the certification process, and should you decide to pursue certification, lead the certification process, meet with the design team, and facilitate credit submittal.
If certification is not your goal, our associates are able to assess commercial and residential design specifications and offer suggestions on how to incorporate sustainable practices within the financial goals of the owner as well as research tax credits and other incentives.
Green Construction Management practices are incorporated into all projects, such as sediment and erosion control, construction waste recycling, and use of efficiencies.
Our Project Managers and Superintendents are attentive to the impact of our work on the environment surrounding our job sites and are experienced in meeting the owner’s objectives and Certification requirements.
A quick summary about LEED building:
LEED is the most widely recognized certification for green buildings nationally and around the world. Although some owners find it easier to simply incorporate sustainable construction products and techniques into their project and do not seek certification, many find it marketable and, particularly for public buildings, an asset that demonstrates their commitment to environmental stewardship.
If you choose to seek certification, you will have a check list of possible points and your team, including your architect, engineers, contractor and you, will need to decide which points you are going to seek and how you intend to achieve each. It is important to assemble the team early and to work with a LEED Accredited Professional to ensure the necessary documentation is done – not to mention you receive one point for having a LEED AP on your team. The points are divided in to several sections:
- Sustainable Sites: Points for this category include maximizing natural space, using native and/or adaptive plants, locating buildings near public transportation and other services, reserved parking for fuel efficient vehicles and much more. You may not be able to achieve some points in each category due to cost or constraints of the project location, so it’s important to begin looking at these credits during the site selection process.
- Water Efficiency: This category is fairly straight forward and focuses on reducing use of potable water through low-flow plumbing fixtures, alternative means of irrigation, and other techniques.
- Energy & Atmosphere: This category focuses on how much energy the building will use based on installed equipment (HVAC, electrical fixtures, etc.) and construction materials, which include the type of materials used for the exterior walls, insulation, and other items. This category may also provide credits for renewable energy such as solar and other means to reduce energy consumption.
- Materials & Resources: This category awards points for different types of products used in the building including those with recycled content, those considered regional products, and any reused products. Additionally, diverting 50% of job site waste material from the landfill to recycling or reuse earns one point and diverting 75% of the material earns two points. Mad Dog currently diverts between 65% and 75% of all jobsite waste to recycling.
- Indoor Environmental Quality: In an effort to improve the indoor environmental quality of the building, this category awards points for using products that do not off-gas as many chemicals as traditional products, such as Low VOC paint (VOC - volatile organic compounds), and for providing windows for natural light among other strategies. There are some interesting studies that show a reduction in absentee rates, particularly from asthma, and increased test scores in schools that have been LEED certified. This is a new area of study, but the data appears consistent and shows that health and productivity improve for those living, studying and working in sustainable buildings.
- Innovation in Design: Finally, the USGBC awards points for innovations by the project team which produce positive results in any of the categories mentioned above.