Our Green initiatives and commitment to sustainable and earth-friendly design are evident in our daily use of sustainable design principles firm-wide. We consider green building and sustainable design strategies in projects and the day-to-day operations of our business as a standard practice.
Sustainability and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) principles are part of our culture. We have LEED® Accredited Professionals™ on staff in all disciplines to ensure projects meet the high expectations for sustainable, resource-efficient design. In fact, more than 25% of our people are LEED® Accredited Professionals™.
We have completed more than 50 projects involving sustainable design elements, including green construction features. We have obtained LEED® Certifiable status on 26 projects, including LEED® Certified, LEED® Silver, LEED® Gold and LEED® Platinum. We also specialize in energy analysis and managing the LEED® certification process, including creating public/community relations campaigns to bring awareness to your sustainability efforts.
Pond also has a Green Building Committee, consisting of dedicated individuals from all divisions and disciplines to promote ongoing, viable ways to continually improve green, sustainable practices where we live, work and play. We also strive to be stewards in educating our clients and the communities we serve on the benefits and implementation methods of sustainable practices. Some of our capabilities include:
Customized Green Project Plan – Sustainable design activities and the desired level of LEED® certification are tailored to the unique needs of each project and client.
Green Materials and Systems Research – Pond identifies and sources products that meet LEED® criteria such as high-recycled content or locally produced materials. Materials are evaluated for availability, cost and durability. A final report at the end of the design development phase will provide descriptions of materials that have been selected following this study. A construction waste management plan will also be drafted with the contractor or construction manager.
Green Specifications – We will prepare sections on specific materials as well as revisions to standard sections as appropriate and adapt the general conditions (“front end”) sections to reflect the environmental goals of the project.
Green Owner’s Manual – We will prepare a document for distribution to the building/project occupants/users. This includes the building/project philosophy, design process, members of the design team and further resources. The intent is to extend the institutional memory of the process in the future. They include operations information, including the building/project recycling program, each person’s part in helping to maintain optimum energy efficiency, who to call to report problems and recommended environmentally friendly cleaners.
Energy Efficiency Modeling and Analysis – The LEED® rating systems places a heavy emphasis on both energy efficiency and renewable energy. To optimize energy performance, computer modeling is essential. Proposed building energy systems are compared with a typical base-line case, which allows the project team to determine the appropriate system. Alternative scenarios for the building/project envelope, equipment efficiencies, lighting controls and other off-the-shelf technologies can dramatically reduce energy use and are considered in the analysis. Our mechanical engineers also complete a life cycle analysis to evaluate costs/benefits of heating, cooling and ventilation strategies. Renewable energy technologies are also studied and incorporated into the project as appropriate for the project location.
R. Chris Jenkins, P.E., LEED AP® BD+C
Associate / Technical Green Sub-Committee Chairman
Tricia Szurgot, LEED AP® BD+C
Associate / Green Marketing Sub-Committee Chairman
Michael J. Panczykowski, AIA
Vice President / Corporate Green Sub-Committee Chairman