The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program has been around for 10 years, and has become a "brand" among builders, developers and the general public. The international program has been developed and is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED certifications (certified, silver, gold, and platinum) are available for commercial and residential buildings, building retrofits, and the USGBC is developing a LEED certification for neighborhoods. The focus of LEED is to mark buildings (and now neighborhoods) that are sustainable, healthy, and energy efficient. The program is now a requirement for many new municipal buildings designed is built to LEED standards.
Chevron Corp. recently declared the opening of the company's first LEED certified building and the first gold certified LEED building in the state of Louisiana.
According to USGBC, LEED certification “provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures.” When MAPP/Clayco Construction sought an IAQ firm to provide the crucial evaluation for Chevron, Pure Air Control Services an interdisciplinary environmental consulting firm with offices across the nation and a stellar reputation—was the obvious choice. Pure Air Control Services was retained by MAPP/Clayco to provide the IAQ Testing component for USGBC LEED section 3.2.
Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit (GOMBU) Northpark headquarters encompasses 350,000 square feet of state-of-the-art technology, designed to consume almost a quarter less energy than similar sized-buildings. Despite the building’s size, Chevron officials requested a 48-hour timeline for the first of Pure Air Control Services four site visits, as well as a three-day turnaround on the firm’s evaluation report—challenges that, says Pure Air Vice Control Services President Alan Wozniak, were overcome with “…teamwork and great attention to detail.”
“Though the project presented many challenges, we were able to exceed our valued client’s expectations,” Wozniak adds.
According to Francisco Aguirre, CIAQP, Director of Building Sciences with Pure Air Control Services, “logistically, this was one of the most challenging though fun projects of the year.” Mr Aguirre stated that “It was a pleasure working with the great folks at both Chevron and MAPP/Clayco helping them accomplish the state of Louisiana and Chevron’s first LEED Gold Certified Building.”
Green strategies incorporated into the Chevron building include under-floor air distribution, which reduces indoor pollutants and enables an individual to control the air supply; monitoring and adjustment of carbon dioxide levels and introduction of “fresh air” to all areas as needed; and reflective roofing, energy-efficient glass, and wall and roof insulation designed to achieve optimal energy performance.
"Northpark is LEED-ing the way for Chevron as the company's first commercial LEED registered building, and we are proud that it is certified gold," said Melody B. Meyer, vice president, GOMBU, according to Scandinavian Oil-Gas Magazine.
Pure Air Control Services, Inc., working with MAPP/CLAYCO Construction, performed the Indoor Air Quality Monitoring portion (e.g. CO, CO2, Mold, Bacteria, VOC’s, Formaldehyde, Temperature/Relative Humidity, Sulfur Dioxide, Nitrogen Dioxide, Ozone, Particulate) of the LEEDs testing required to qualify for the designation as a GREEN BUILDING. The Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Monitoring is intended to establish the building baseline indoor air quality and the construction’s impact on the baseline indoor air quality. As a result of the fine construction work performed by MAPP/Clayco Chevron Norpark is now a certified GOLD LEED Building, the first in Louisiana.
For information on LEED certification call Alan Wozniak, President/CEO at 1-800-422-7873 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting ext 802.
About Pure Air Control Services:
Founded in 1984 by Alan Wozniak, President/CEO in what began as a small mechanical contracting business has grown into an award winning, industry leading indoor air quality (IAQ) service company serving many fortune 500 corporations, school boards, universities, county, city, state and federal governments and consumers across the US. The firm has serviced over 600 million square feet of indoor environments in over 10,000 facilities.
Pure Air Control Services nationally performed IAQ services include: Building Sciences Evaluation; Building Health Check; an AIHA accredited Environmental Microbiology Laboratory; Environmental Project Management; and Duct Cleaning & Mold Remediation Services, among other indoor environmental services. The company’s expanding client roster includes the General Services Administration (GSA); Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Allstate Insurance; Carrier Air Conditioning; Naval Air Warfare Center, Orlando; and Naval Air Station - King's Bay, Georgia, and many other Fortune 500 companies, school boards, and city, state, and county governments, making Pure Air a reliable industry leader.
For more information, visit the company’s web site at www.pureaircontrols.com or contact Alan Wozniak or Cy Garner at 1-800-422-PURE begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (7873) ext 802 or 804 respectively.