Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in areas such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Having your building LEED rated demonstrates a company’s desire having an energy efficient and environmentally friendly building. LEED certified buildings often provide healthier work and living environments, which contributes to higher productivity and improved employee health and comfort.
GES have a number of LEED Accredited Professionals in house who can help your building introduce new features and procedures to improve the overall sustainability of the building through energy generation, creating a quality indoor environment and in the case of new builds, select an area where there is convenient access to public transport.
The Brewhouse, Kilkenny
GES are working on a project to redevelop the old Smithwicks brewery in Kilkenny, known as The Brewhouse. The project has an ambitious target to achieve a LEED Gold green building rating. Sustainability has been a key theme throughout this project, incorporating low flow water fixtures, energy efficient heating and lighting systems into the design. This will be supplemented by 123 solar photovoltaic panels on the roof, providing a 32kW capacity of renewable energy generation. The building will benefit from an active facade, which provides natural ventilation. This will result in optimised oxygen levels, maximising the general health & wellbeing of the building occupants. The building has been designed to meet the needs of LEED Gold, this ensures the environmental impact and carbon footprint has been minimised across the entire lifecycle of the building.
Applegreen Retail Store, Mountgorry
GES carried out a LEED Assessment on Applegreen Mountgorry fuel and amenity store. This is a one storey, 648m2 building, with an average of 2200 average daily users. The building made use of many green and eco-friendly technologies consisting of air to water heatpumps (high & low temperature), 40m2 p.v array, and rainwater harvesting & grey water recycling from the onsite car wash. The building achieved a Silver Certificate as awarded by the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC).