LEED Platinum Certification Awarded to ACT
Info center operator ACT asserted on Mon. that its new information center has been awarded LEED Platinum level validation by the US Green Building Council. The validation makes ACT’s info center the 1st in public claimed LEED Platinum licensed info center in the country and the 1st LEED Platinum authorized building of any type in Iowa. LEED is the USGBC’s leading rating system for planning and assembling the world’s most energy efficient and highest performing buildings, with Platinum being the highest level of authentication in the LEEErating system. The info center features an energy-efficient geothermal system, which gives a noticeably adaptable system because the heat transfer loops are buried in the ground and the remainder of the kit is housed in the tornado resistant facility.
As a consequence, the system gives a cooling source that is entirely protected from 250 miles per hour wind speed, missiles, and vandalism, while a separate highly energy efficient system incorporating dry coolers provides redundancy for the first geothermal loop.
The dry cooler system may be employed as backup or when cold Iowa out of doors conditions make using it more effective than using the ground-source system. LEED documentation relies on a variety of green design and construction features having a positive effect on the project itself and the wider community, including sustainable site, water potency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and invention and design.
The ACT information center also contains boosted indoor air quality due to air QC systems and increased ventilation rates that are more than thirty p.c bigger than code wants, reduced energy use from high-performance HVAC systems, recycled content in more than thirty % of the total building materials, revived local prairie landscaping on ninety p.c of the site, and replaceable materials like cork flooring, cotton-wall insulation, aspen fiber ceiling panels, and agrifiber wood doors.
The ACT info center was designed by Neumann Monson designers in Iowa City , KJWW Engineering Consultants’ Des Moines office, and McComas-Lacina Construction in Iowa City , while the MMS Civil Engineering Specialists of Iowa City provided both civil engineering and landscape consulting. The design-build approach helped achieve LEED validation for energy use, lighting, water and material use and incorporated a spread of other sustainable strategies.