The facility sits on nearly 14 acres, of which the manufacturing operations and parking take up a good portion. Room has been set aside, however, for on-site stormwater retention and a nature preserve with walking trails and picnic area. The inclusion of a rain garden and vegetational swales ensures the stormwater run-off from the buildings and hardscapes will be contained and treated onsite. To encourage the reduction of pollution and land development impacts from automobile use, Nucraft’s management has instigated a carpooling policy, dedicated prime parking spaces for carpool vehicles and low emitting fuel vehicles, and provided secured bicycle storage and shower facilities for those employees who wish to ride their bicycles to work. All of these measures were possible without adding parking above what is required by local zoning.
Within the LEED rating systems, LEED points can be achieved through the selection of building products that following performance-based requirements. To meet those requirements, practitioners have identified products with specific attributes. Some LEED points require certain limits or minimums be met. Other points require specific product technical information be quantified in order to calculate the product’s aggregate environmental or health value. Nucraft’s project team has set certain project goals such as reducing construction waste and site clearing debris by at least 75%. Another important project goal is to purchase at least 20% of materials that are harvested, extracted or recovered and manufactured within a 500 mile radius in order to stimulate our regional economy. The project will document these initiatives as well as establish a Construction Indoor Air Quality Plan. The Indoor Environmental Quality section of the LEED for New Construction rating system has several prerequisites and credits that address performance of the HVAC system. Indoor Environmental Quality prerequisite 1 and the Minimum IAQ Performance credits state the building systems must meet the requirements of ASHRAE 62.1-2004.
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