LEED Sustainability Measures including Pandemic Responsive Building Science. New Construction Core and Shell
LEED Certified, WELL Certified, and RESET Air tested Protocols: Highly enhanced and monitored Indoor Air Quality, Water Quality, and Comfort, which significantly set the building apart from its neighbors and make the building better resistant to viral disease.
Advanced Indoor Air Quality Features (defined as the most important strategy for Covid 19).
- Air Testing: The project will be conducting an on-going air quality assessment as required for WELL and RESET Air protocol to ensure a high level of indoor air quality regarding Volatile Substances, Particulate Matter, Inorganic Gases, CO2, and Humidity. RESET Air certified for healthy buildings measured in real-time. Air supply monitoring devices and cloud-based tools/metrics are used in the Project to track and communicate the health performance of indoor spaces of buildings.
- Radon Testing: For the minimization of pollutants generated indoors, tested to ensure Radon less than 0.148 Bq/L [4 pCi/L] in the first level of the building.
- Smoking Ban: Prohibition of Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes inside the Project. A smoking ban within 25 ft or the maximum extent allowable by local codes of all entrances, operable windows, and building air intakes. A smoking ban on all decks, patios, balconies, rooftops, and other regularly occupied exterior building spaces.
- Ventilation Effectiveness: The Project complies with all requirements set in ASHRAE 62.1-2013.
- High Air Filtration: MERV 13 (or higher) media filters are used in the ventilation system to filter outdoor Air. Provision of Rack space for the future implementation of carbon filters or combination particle/carbon filters.
- Microbe and Mold Control: For reducing mold and bacteria growth, particularly from water damage or condensation on cooling coils, the Uplands II has opted policy for all cooling coils to be inspected quarterly for mold growth and cleaned if necessary.
- Moisture Management: Interior and exterior water management have designed for minimizing the potential for bacteria and mold growth within buildings from water infiltration and condensation.
- Healthy Entrance: To minimize the introduction of pollutants into indoor Air at building entrances, Project provides Entryway Walk-Off Systems and Entryway Air Seal required by WELL.
- Use of LOW VOC Material: All paints, coatings, adhesives, and sealants; materials for walls, ceilings, floors, wood material, furniture & furnishings, and insulations; meet the low emission requirements of LEED and WELL. All these reduce concentrations of chemical contaminants that can damage air quality, human health, productivity, and the environment.
- Pesticide Management: To reduce the presence of pests in buildings and to minimize occupant exposure to harmful chemicals, the Uplands II has a pest management plan in place of pesticide/herbicide use.
- Water Quality and Efficiency
Fundamental Water Quality: Perform testing for water delivered to the project area except water not designated for human contact, will meet the sediments and microorganism level requirements.
- Inorganic and Organic Contaminants: Perform water testing for the presence of contaminants, dissolved metals and pollutants in drinking water, and water delivered to the project area for human consumption per WELL prescribed limits.
- Agricultural Contaminants: Perform testing to limit the presence of agricultural contaminants in drinking water; water delivered to the project area for human consumption for fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides limits required as per WELL.
- Public Water Additives: Perform testing for water delivered to the project area for human consumption for the presence of disinfectants, disinfectant products, and fluoride as per WELL prescribed limits.
- Water Efficiency: Design the Project for efficient water uses. The building’s plumbing fixtures include low-flow lavatories, low-flush toilets, and urinals.
- Car Share Program: The Project incorporating with the carshare company; the car share program will be available for tenant’s use, which reduces the need to drive cars to the site.
- Electric Vehicles: Uplands II is installing electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) parking spaces and is available for tenant’s use.
- Open Spaces: Project provides open space as per LEED requirements that encourage interaction with the environment, social interaction, passive recreation, and physical activities.
- Rainwater Harvesting: Project reduces 100% runoff volume and improves water quality by replicating the natural hydrology and water balance of the site, based on historical conditions and undeveloped ecosystems in the region.
Energy and Water Efficiency
- High-Performance Building Envelope: The high-performance building envelope system is designed for the Uplands II, which reduces the air-conditioning and heating load and thus energy bills for the tenants and enhances the thermal comfort.
- Energy Efficient Systems: Energy-efficient chillers, energy recovery ventilators, energy-efficient LED lightings in the Uplands II reduce the operating energy uses for tenants.
- Energy Efficient Systems: The Uplands II provides energy meters on every floor to support tenant spaces in energy management and identify opportunities for additional energy savings by tracking energy uses.
- Environment-Friendly Refrigerant: To reduce ozone depletion and to minimize direct contributions to climate change, Uplands II uses the HVAC system with environment-friendly refrigerant.
- Exterior Noise Intrusion: Each regularly occupied space is measured the average sound pressure level from outside noise intrusion to not exceeding 50 dBA when space is unoccupied.
- Thermal Comfort: For promoting occupant productivity and ensure a sufficient level of thermal comfort, all occupiable spaces in mechanically conditioned designed as per the ASHRAE Standard 55-2013.
- Facilities Aesthetics: To encourage reduce sedentary behavior through accessible, safe, and visually appealing stairs, entryways, and corridors and display elements of aesthetic appeal in paths of frequent travel.
- Accessibility and Usability: To promote equity by providing the building is accessible and usable by people of all physical abilities, the Project is designed as per Current ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
Sustainable Material and Resources
- Storage and Collection of Recyclables: Tenants are encouraged to take advantage of the recycling program, clearly labeled recycling bins provided in the trash/recycling room.
- Construction Waste Management: Direct 75% of the construction waste from the Project will be recycled and divert from the landfill. Divert Recyclable recovered resources back to the manufacturing process and reusable materials to appropriate sites.
- Sustainable Materials: Design the incorporation of sustainable materials to encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts.
- Green Education Program: The Project includes a variety of sustainable design concepts and an effort to improve the results of the building’s sustainable features and increase awareness about the benefits of green building; by incorporating a Green Education Program.
- Occupant comfort survey: For assessing building occupants’ comfort and take corrective actions, the Project plans to have a comfort survey to collect anonymous responses regarding at least acoustics, building cleanliness, indoor air quality, lighting, and thermal comfort.