LEED and Green Globes Consulting for the University of Maryland Landscape Services Building
Straughan Environmental was the Sustainability Consultant on this University of Maryland “pilot project” which worked through two green building rating systems. The project was a $4M, 44,000 square foot new building on an existing campus site to house various service departments under one roof. Straughan worked with the entire Design-Build team to plan, set, implement, and measure sustainability goals. Performance goals were set for implementing goals for site, energy, water, materials, and emissions for the project.
The building might not look like much from the outside but when entering and walking around the spaces, it is clear that there is good use of materials that make for a comfortable and healthy indoor environment for the occupants. Sustainable features include an energy star roof, a heating and cooling system design to be more than 20% more efficient than code, and efficient lighting with lighting sensors and controls, to name a few. The building earned 3 Green Globes and is expected to earn a LEED for New Construction 2009 Silver certification.