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LEED / Green Building

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and Sustainable Construction Experience

Staying In The LEED

Enermodalfromriver.jpgWe are proud to be a leaders in embracing and adopting green building practices, known as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Green buildings, or sustainable buildings, use construction practices and materials that reduce their footprint on our planet. Their construction goes beyond the Building Code to conserve valuable resources such as energy, water, materials and land.

The issue is not going away, but has grown to become a high priority and will continue to grow in importance - whether due to regulatory requirements, the rising cost of energy, the impact of construction on storm water and wetlands, spills and diesel emissions from construction, construction and demolition debris, the impact on habitat and endangered species, sprawl and air quality implementation plans or other issues.

LEED is not only the right thing to do for future generations, but it also enables companies to save money through efficiencies and better built facilities. Adherence to LEED ensures facilities are designed, constructed, and operated effectively by focusing the design and construction team on operating life cycle costs, not initial construction costs.

LEED provides a menu of green building measures in the five following categories:

  • Sustainable sites
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy and atmosphere
  • Materials and resources
  • Indoor environmental quality

Once built, the company receives a LEED certification in Silver, Gold or Platinum based on the total number of points earned on a menu of green building measures. Certification alone is a powerful marketing tool, identifying the owner as a progressive partner in reducing industry's impact on the environment and giving those firms a competitive edge in a marketplace where demand for greening is growing.

Melloul-Blamey has developed the critical expertise required in the LEED certification process. Just knowing how to design a green building is not enough. Careful records need to be assembled and maintained to document the building's compliance with LEED requirements; new construction methods are required to meet stringent specifications at a reasonable cost; high recycling rates must be achieved; knowledge of the numerous materials that are renewable, contain recycled content and emit low VOCs; and assist project teams to identify all the elements to achieve a project's LEED goals.

At Melloul-Blamey we care about the environment and what kind of world we are building for future generations. And that means taking the lead in LEED.

Matthew Bello and Manly McCroskey are Melloul Blamey South Carolinas LEED Green Associates. They both have taken the time to learn the additional requirements mandated by the LEED certification process and they have passed a mandated test on the LEED building practices. They have applied what they learned from LEED to the projects completed with LEED certification.

The following buildings have all been LEED certified projects:

Score Card Locations: Score Card: http://www.usgbc.org/projects

Sandhill Research FAcility

  • LEED Gold
  • Sustainable Sites: Green Roof: The building is topped with a green roof, on which native grasses grow without irrigation. The roof improves the building's energy efficiency, absorbs excess storm water, creates a positive microclimate, provides a natural habitat, and adds a beautiful amenity.
  • Water Efficiency: Innovative Wastewater Technologies: A greywater collection and reuse system, combined with water-efficient fixtures reduces water consumption by 63%.
  • Materials and Resources: Regional and Recycled Materials:  The steel structure and cladding is locally sourced and fully recyclable.  All carpeting is made from recycled fibers.
  • Indoor Environmental Quality: Lighting: Operable windows and high performance glazing harnesses the sun and wind to ventilate the building's open interior. 
  • Score Card:http://www.usgbc.org/projects/clemson-sandhill-rec

Harris A. Smith Building - Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics

  • LEED Gold
  • Sustainable Sites: Green Environment:Roof overhangs/sunshades that help to block out a majority of summer daylight while allowing in light from the lower-angled winter sun.  Even the tree to the south provides shade in the summer and lets in the winter sun in when its leaves have fallen
  • Water Efficiency: Innovative Wastewater Technologies:The Smith building uses 33 percent less water than a standard building.
  • Materials and Resources: Regional and Recycled Materials:30% of total material costs were from recycled materials and more than 40% of the material used was extracted, harvested, or recovered and manufactured within 500 miles of the site.
  • Indoor Environmental Quality: Lighting/Energy:The Smith building uses 44 percent less energy than a standard building. Solarban windows were used to filter out most ultraviolet light while allowing in light in the visible spectrum, reducing the transfer of heat. Sensor Lighting was used to automatically adjust lighting inside and turn off lights when a room is unoccupied
  • The IAQ - Indoor Air Quality - Management Plan was followed.
  • Score Card: http://www.usgbc.org/projects/institute-packaging-design-graphics

South Buncombe Intermediate School

  • LEED Silver
  • Sustainable Sites: Green Roof:A cool roof membrane keeps the outer heat from penetrating the building and protects from unnatural light. Solar Thermal Panels also located on the roof, produce energy from the sunlight.
  • Water Efficiency: Innovative Wastewater Technologies:Two cisterns (56,000 Gallons and 5,500 Gallons) were built into the project to collect the rain water from the roof and use it elsewhere
  • Materials and Resources: Regional and Recycled Materials:28% of total material costs were from recycled materials and 24% of the material used was extracted, harvested, or recovered and manufactured within 500 miles of the site. Low Emitting Materials were used: paints, adhesives, flooring systems, composite wood, etc.
  • Indoor Environmental Quality: Lighting:  Sensor Lighting was used to automatically adjust lighting inside and turn off lights when a room is unoccupied. The IAQ - Indoor Air Quality - Management Plan was followed.
  • Score Card: http://www.usgbc.org/projects/buncombe-intermediate-school-south