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GBRI's 99 Lessons from LEED Projects

Lessons Learned from 99 LEED projects is a 6-part series that looks at 99 LEED Gold and Platinum certified projects to identify what strategies work best and are most popular in each of the 6 LEED categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation in Design. We will look at strategies implemented from the 3 major LEED rating systems: BD+C, O+M, and ID+C.


Sustainable Environments

LEED • Building Commissioning • Sustainability Plans • Asset Management • State of Good Repair • Baseline Analysis • Energy Star & Water Sense • Geothermal • Solar • Energy Audit & Retrofit Management• Waste Management • Landfill Diversion • Rammed Earth Construction • Water Conservation

Sustainable Business

Green Procurement • Green Supply Chain • Recycling Programs • Cloud Computing • Business Platform • Electronic Performance & Time/Attendance • Green Operations & Policy Implementation • Reducing operating costs from within • ROI Calculations • Life Cycle Cost Analysis • Green Leases


  • Program Manager

    As a Program Manager, Architect for Life oversees and provides direction and guidance to multiple project or division managers while overseeing numerous activities. We successfully coordinate efforts and resources. An essential part of our program management responsibility is the identification, rationalization, monitoring and control of the interdependencies between projects, while dealing with escalated issues among the projects that comprise the program. We also track the contribution of each project and the non-project work to the consolidated program benefits. We have a history of strong, effective decision-making and management skills working within stringent deadlines. Architect for Life demonstrates flexibility and adaptability to meet changing scope and resource situations.
  • Program Manager tasks

    Plan the program, ensuring maximum efficiency in resource allocation across projects › Monitor its overall progress, resolving issues and initiating corrective action where necessary › Define the program governance › Manage the program budget › Help with the appointment of individuals to the program team › Ensure project deliverables are to time, quality, and budget › Manage dependencies between projects › Manage the program’s risks › Constantly monitor for gaps in the program and rectify where possible › Manage program communication
  • Municipal & Government Program Management

    Energy Environmental · Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Management · DOE PAGE reporting · FederalReporting.gov reporting · Davis Bacon guidance & administration · Buy American guidance & administration · Jobs created &/or retained administration · Hours worked administration · Coordination with municipal facilities division · Coordination with municipal purchasing & procurement processes · Request for Proposal creation, editing and implementation · Organize and orchestrate RFP respondent interviews · Organize and orchestrate RFP respondent evaluation for governmental authority selection · Coordination with municipal and governmental appointed and elected officials · Coordination with municipal and governmental staff · Coordination with selected contract awarded vendors and subcontractors · Checklist implementation · Best Practices successes · Coordination with DOE Project Officer and related personnel


  • What is LEED?

    LEED Certification is a third-party documentation system provided through use of a scorecard created by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Architect for Life (AFL) is a member if the USGBC. Architect for Life uses the LEED certification process as a tool to provide simple and smart solutions, and to bring great value to any and every part of the project. Architect for Life supports all phases of the design and construction process with an integrated approach that includes the architectural design, engineering, commissioning and construction processes. Architect for Life can provide you with the best approach that will identify and implement the most effective strategies to achieve your sustainability goals in an environmentally-friendly manner with long-term economic benefits.
  • LEED Certification Services

    LEED – Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Including design through construction Building Design & Construction Specialty New construction for office and home Existing building renovations for office and home


  • Energy Management & Consulting

    Architect for Life is dedicated to providing energy management and consulting services for facilities in need of demand-side management. We are committed helping clients meet or reduce their energy budgets, target opportunities to reduce energy consumption, and track the progress of their energy savings efforts through:

    • Billing analysis
    • Facilities energy benchmarking
    • Development of short-term and long term energy strategies
    • Identification of energy efficiency retrofit opportunities
    • Smart energy efficient new construction design

    Architect for Life specializes in energy audits, energy efficiency upgrades, and identifying utility energy efficiency incentives to aid clients to fund those energy efficiency upgrades.


  • Improved Living and Working Environments

    Improved indoor air quality · Improved daylighting · Enhanced views · Enhanced natural lighting · Night time light pollution elimination
  • Increased sustainable products

    Improved local economy · Use of regional materials · Use of recycled materials · Use of rapidly renewable materials
  • Decreased Carbon Footprint

    The decisions made from the Architect for Life services allow individual and team impact on reducing carbon footprint. A carbon footprint is “the total set of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions caused by an organization, event or product”. Carbon footprint is often expressed in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent of other GHGs, emitted.

    A carbon footprint is also defined as the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). (CO2 is the chemical symbol for carbon dioxide).

    An example of a carbon footprint is seen when you drive a car. When driving, the engine burns fuel whi tch creates a certain amount of CO2, depending on its fuel consumption and the driving distance.

    Another example of a carbon footprint is seen when warming your home or business. When a building is heated with oil, gas or coal, then CO2 is generated. Even if heating with electricity, the generation of the electrical power may also have emitted a certain amount of CO2.

    A third example of a carbon footprint involves purchasing food and goods. The production of the food and goods also emits some quantities of CO2.

    Your carbon footprint is the sum of all emissions of CO2 (carbon dioxide), which were induced by your activities in a given time frame.

    Usually a carbon footprint is calculated for the time period of a year.

    Carbon dioxide is also referred to as a greenhouse gas. Other greenhouse gases which might be emitted as a result of human activities include methane and ozone. These greenhouse gases are normally also taken into account for the carbon footprint. They are converted into the amount of CO2 that would cause the same effects on global warming (this is called equivalent CO2 amount).

    To calculate your carbon footprint go to http://timeforchange.org/what-is-a-carbon-footprint-definition. At this website, graphs shows the total CO2 emission in million tons by country for the year 2002. The data source was the World Resources Institute (WRI).

    ***The CO2 emissions for the year 2006 were about 12 to 15% higher than the figures shown in the graphs.


  • Energy Star Consulting

    Energy Star is a United States government program created in 1992 by the US Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission by power plants. What began originally as a voluntary labeling program has grown in to one of the largest efforts worldwide to promote energy efficient consumer products.

    Energy Star labels are found on over 40 product categories and in the year 2005 alone is responsible for saving consumers over 12 billion dollars.
  • WaterSense Consulting

    WaterSense is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program designed to encourage water efficiency in the United States through the use of a special label on consumer products. It was launched in June, 2006.

    The Water Sense label is on a variety of plumbing equipment. WaterSense partners for high-efficiency plumbing equipment include some of the biggest manufacturers in the business: Kohler, Delta Faucet, Hansgrohe, American Standard and Crane. In fact, Kohler and its sister brand, Sterling, already have eight toilets that have earned the WaterSense label, meaning they use at least 20% less than standard toilets.

    According to the EPA, the average American home uses more water for flushing the toilet than running the shower. A family of four could save 16,000 gallons of water a year by replacing its traditional toilet with a high-efficiency model, a big savings in dollars as well as drops. Architect for Life offers holistic, well-planned services. We provide sustainable options within a set budget.


  • Building Commissioning

    Building Commissioning is a systematic and documented process of ensuring that the owner’s operational needs are met, building systems perform efficiently, and building operators are properly trained. Building commissioning is a win-win opportunity. Everyone benefits. Owners Operators Occupants · Fewer change orders · Properly operating systems Healthy indoor air quality · Reduced construction costs · Fewer occupant complaints Comfortable working environment · Reduced operating costs Training on all systems · Fewer construction delays Proper O&M manuals

  • The Goal: To deliver a building that operates as it was designed, complete with fully trained building operators.

    Commissioning is the process of ensuring that systems are designed, installed, and functionally tested and are capable of being operated and maintained to perform according to the design intent. Commissioning begins with planning and includes design, construction, startup, acceptance and operational training.
  • Retro-commissioning is a systematic process for improving and optimizing a building’s operations and maintenance. Its focus is usually on energy-using equipment such as mechanical equipment, lighting, and related controls. The retro-commissioning process most often focuses on the dynamic energy-using systems with the goal of reducing energy waste, obtaining energy cost savings for the owner, and identifying and fixing existing problems.