Monthly Archives: February 2015
Here is a chance to “Ask Andrea” any of your technical questions about Baltimore City’s Sustainability Requirements at her Lunch & Learn. Get ready to compare and contrast the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) versus Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) was approved by the Baltimore City Council and signed into law as an optional compliance path in achieving green building requirements by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake this past November. This means there are more options than ever for sustainability in Baltimore City. During the Baltimore City Sustainability Requirements Lunch & Learn Andrea Shoaf, LEED AP BD+C and NGBS Verifier, with Lorax Partnerships, and Stuart Kaplow of Stuart D. Kaplow, P.A., Sustainability and Green Building Attorneys will explore the IgCC sustainability requirements for new and altered buildings, and will also provide a comparison with the current Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Standard. This session will improve clarity on the new requirements and allow for more informed choices when deciding which compliance path to pursue on future projects.
For more information and consultation on the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), contact us here. We are always happy to help you with your green building needs!
The Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building is always a blast for the Lorax crew, but this year at the 10th Anniversary Awards Ceremony, Lorax Partnerships had a lot to celebrate! Some of our partners were honored, and two of our most sustainable projects, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore and Verde at Howard Square, were celebrated. For more information, see the USGBC Maryland Press Release here.
We, at Lorax Partnerships, would like to congratulate our friends and partners, Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) and Floura Teeter Landscape Architects, for their receipt of the Wintergreen Leader Awards. COPT received the Leader in Green Building Award for support of USGBC Maryland’s mission; volunteering time to the chapter; and exemplifying leadership in the field of green building, advocacy, community outreach, and environmental stewardship. Floura Teeter Landscape Architects, Inc. was the winner of the Leadership Project Award for the demonstration of leadership in sustainable design, environmental impact, social benefit, community involvement, and achievement within green building rating systems. Both companies have shown their commitment to the green building industry, and continuously set an example in high performance, healthy building design, environmental stewardship, and community impact.
President’s Choice Award
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, a Lorax Partnerships project, was the recipient of the President’s Choice Award, selected by Karen Evans, USGBC Maryland’s Board Chair and Vice President for The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.
Horseshoe Baltimore is one of the only LEED Gold casinos in the country. The building stores storm water in a collection cistern for use in all lavatories and for landscaping irrigation. A combined heat and power system is helping the casino to achieve significant savings in its operational expenses. The casino is able to reduce interior potable water use by 50 percent and energy usage by 27 percent compared to other similar buildings. During the construction process, Horseshoe Baltimore diverted 97 percent of its waste from entering a landfill by recycling concrete, wood, metals, plastic, as well as demolition materials. Horseshoe’s management team was able to ensure that more than 49 percent of construction materials were extracted and manufactured locally and that roughly a quarter of construction materials contained recycled content.
Using high-efficiency lighting fixtures throughout the facility, incorporating green cleaning and low-environmental impact hardscape management plans and utilizing reflective materials atop the casino roof and top level of the adjacent parking garage are among the many… Continue reading
Earlier this month, the US Green Building Council released its annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED; the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The list ranks states in terms of square feet of LEED space per state resident. LEED certified buildings use less energy and water resources, save money, reduce carbon emissions, and create a healthier environment for building occupants. To learn more, see the USGBC’s Maryland Ranks Third State in Nation for LEED Green Building Per Capita press release.
In 2014, Maryland ranked third in the country by the US Green Building Council by certifying 132 projects representing 15,583,423 square feet of real estate, which corresponds to 2.70 LEED certified square feet per resident.
“Maryland’s continued inclusion in this Top 10 list is a great reflection of our state’s commitment to green building, and the broader issues related to promoting a healthy environment for our local communities,” said Sabrina Harder, executive director, USGBC Maryland Chapter. “We look forward to continuing our work and building on this momentum in the year to come.”
Some of Lorax’s projects certified in 2014 that contribute to Maryland’s status in the Top Ten include:
- The Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, LEED Gold
- Verde at Howard Square in Elkridge, LEED Platinum
- Patuxent Range in Jessup, LEED Certified
- Knorr Brake in Westminster, LEED Gold
- UM Pocomoke in College Park, LEED Gold
- Various Royal Farms Stores, LEED Certified
2015 is well on its way to being another great year for LEED certified space in Maryland and Lorax Partnerships!
Source: US Green Building Council website
East Gate Building H – Chantilly, VA
Owner: Atapco Properties
This LEED certified project currently shares a campus with 3 Retail Core and Shell LEED buildings and 1 Commercial Building. The whole East Gate Marketplace was the first LEED Certified Shopping Center in Northern Virginia.