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"We look forward to collaborations
with the Lorax people on our projects.
They provide value, insight, and
efficient support on a wide variety of
sustainable strategies. They have
proven to be very resourceful for our practice."

-William A.L. Gaudreau, AIA
President, Principal
Gaudreau, Inc. Architect Planners Engineers

Like a Good Consultant, Lorax is There

Lorax is known throughout the Baltimore area as green building and sustainability consultants – but we decided we didn’t want to stop there! In an effort to be a good neighbor in our community, and help improve more than just the buildings within it, we have initiated a new Company Charity Matching Program. 

Lorax is now matching all of our employee’s personal donations to various local charities, including the South Baltimore Learning Center (SBLC), BARCS Animal Shelter, The Salvation Army, The Associated Jewish Charities, and the Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore.  These organizations all have a special place in Lorax’s heart for different reasons.

  • Neal sits on the Salvation Army Advisory Board
  • Tim and Hailee volunteer as tutors at SBLC
  • Katie is a participant of the Youth Leadership Council of The Associated
  • Kristy and Krystal have adopted animals from BARCS Animal Shelter

However, we aren’t just putting our money where our mouth is… Lorax has been busy getting involved with these non-profits as well as several others!

Back in April Lorax showed power in numbers with over half of our company attending the SBLC Gala!  After weeks of preparation by Hailee & the rest of the gala committee, we had an exciting evening filled with inspirational graduate speeches and unexpected auction winnings! We are so proud to support SBLC’s work to provide literacy, life skills training, and career services to Baltimore.

Throughout the spring and summer, our Lorax residents of Federal Hill – Tim, Hailee, Katie and Katie – have attended many Volunteering Untapped events. With a motto of Doing More for Bmore, VU organizes fun local volunteer opportunities on a monthly basis. From tree plantings with Blue Water Baltimore, to city clean-up efforts with the Waterfront Partnership, and handy work at the Baltimore Community Tool Bank, we’ve helped make a difference across our city, and can’t wait to see what events the upcoming months have in store!

As our work in the community continues into the hot summer months, Lorax hopes to continue a positive presence in South Baltimore and beyond!

Lorax Class of 2017 Superlatives

In the spirit of High School and College Graduation Season, Lorax has voted and come up with the following Lorax Partnerships Class of 2017 Superlatives! Congratulations to the Lorax graduates!

In 2013, M&T Bank Stadium became the first existing outdoor professional sports facility in the United States – including all NFL and Major League Baseball stadiums – to receive USGBC’s Gold rating. M&T Bank Stadium is currently working towards their LEED recertification.

Late 2014, Verde at Howard Square became the first LEED Platinum apartment building in the State of Maryland.


Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is Caesars Entertainment’s first LEED Gold project. It is also one of only four casinos in the United States to be LEED certified.


Fairfield Inn and Suites is Baltimore City’s first LEED certified hotel and features an eco-suite with access to bicycles and a smart car for use by guests as an environmental friendly transportation alternative to sightsee in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area.


In April 2014, Royal Farms was awarded a position on the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Top 10” list for number of retail projects certified through the LEED standard. Lorax helped Royal Farms certify over 25 LEED Stores.


Wexford Science and Technology set out to convert the old RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company Factory into a hub for biomedical research and information technology, and cultivated over 1 Million Square Feet of LEED Gold and Platinum space at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.


This project was not only Lorax’s first project, but the first LEED Gold building in the state of Maryland, and the first LEED Building in Harford County.

10 Schilling Road will serve as the new global headquarters for McCormick & Co. Over 900 employees will occupy the building, which is pursuing LEED Gold and will feature significant water and energy saving measures, electric vehicle charging, bike-friendly amenities, an expansive green roof and extensive green space on the site.


Clifton Mansion, originally built between 1790 and 1801 was later purchased by philanthropist Johns Hopkins to serve as his summer residence. The City of Baltimore later bought the property in 1895 from Johns Hopkins University and it has served many purposes since. During the project’s renovation and LEED certification, the project team utilized specialized restoration techniques to recover original finishes to expose the plethora of different uses over the years.

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What Does 1 Million SF of LEED Mean?

One Million Square Feet of Excellence

When Wexford Science and Technology set out to convert the old RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company Factory into a hub for biomedical research and information technology, no one would have guessed that they would cultivate over 1 million square feet of  LEED Platinum space at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

On May 18, 2017, Lorax joined one of our esteemed clients, Wexford Science + Technology, for a One Million Square Foot extravaganza in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  This celebration marked the LEED Certification of over 1 Million Square Feet of space in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Team members gathered in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, which includes five completed projects and one building currently under development, to commemorate the feat. 

Surrounding a 1.6 acre park, the campus houses a variety of spaces for innovation in biomedical science, technical research, and information technology.  Wexford has worked closely with Wake Forest University to develop the complex into a hub of innovation.

A Celebration Ensues 

The Million Square Foot Party included hundreds of guests, including team members back to the very first project.  The evening started as guests enjoyed the beautiful weather in Bailey Park, sweeping views of all of the Wake Forest buildings, musical interludes, and even a magician!  Lorax’s Neal Fiorelli presented the LEED Platinum plaques for Wake Downtown and The Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, the most recently certified buildings, on the outdoor stage.  From there, guests moved between courtyards while perusing photos of the incredible building transformations and enjoying a fantastic jazz trio.  After cocktail hour, attendees made their way down the red carpet into the Wake Downtown building for the celebration dinner.  The festivities showcased the incredible building design and sustainability, and boasted some fabulous food, great drinks, and beautiful ice sculptures to complete the scene.  This extraordinary celebration served to recognize the hard work and dedication put forth by the entire project team and the advancement of biomedical science, technical research, and information technology at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

A Bit of Background

The Wake Forest Innovation Quarter consists of five buildings that all achieved LEED Gold or LEED Platinum, totaling 1,066,919 SF.

New Market Trends: “Wel-coming” Fitwel to the Green Building Industry

Just last month, Fitwel was introduced by the Center for Active Design (CfAD). Marketed as “a fresh approach to certification systems,” their strategies prove unique compared to what we are used to seeing from a LEED or WELL project. As the concept of occupant health and wellness continues to rise as a priority for building owners and operators, it is no surprise that this new rating system is already being utilized on so many properties.

Prior to their public launch, the GSA piloted Fitwel across the country on several different buildings, further solidifying the evidence of employee health and productivity improvements as well as healthcare cost reductions. Notable projects have been accomplished by ‘Fitwel Champions’ – leading companies that are early adopters of the Fitwel approach and strong believers in tenant wellbeing. From government entities to architect and engineering firms, the range of champions showcases the wide applicability and feasibility on all different project and client types.

What sets Fitwel apart is the simplicity of the process. Utilizing their digital scorecard (think less tedious paperwork) you can assess your property based on seven Health Impact Categories, across twelve overarching design and operation sections. Each category offers a unique point count totaling your Fitwel score as 1, 2, or 3 star rating, ranging from a basic to exemplary level of health promotion. And even if you didn’t quite make it to the first star, it can be used as a benchmarking tool regardless of any level of achievement. But the best part? This process is free from any prerequisites! …therefore eliminating a road block projects commonly face pursuing other rating systems.

Interested in learning more about Fitwel? Lorax is too – Katie is studying up to become a Fitwel Ambassador this summer! Once she’s passed the course she will be recognized as a leader and active participant in Fitwel’s healthy building movement. To see if Fitwel is the right approach for your next project, visit their website or give us a call and join the industry leaders in occupant health and wellness today!

* The Fitwel service marks (word and logos) are owned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Participation by the Center for Active Design and other associated entities does not imply endorsement by HHS.

LEED v4 Energy Modeling and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 Major Updates

LEED has updated to version 4, and that means the ASHRAE referenced standard has some updates as well. For your convenience, we have summarized the major changes below.

LEED v4 Energy Modeling Changes

  • ASHRAE 90.1-2007 has been updated to ASHRAE 90.1-2010
  • Process energy no longer has to make up 25% of the overall building energy for your baseline and proposed simulation models
  • USGBC now requires you to achieve prerequisite compliance without accounting for the cost of generating renewable energy onsite
  • For data centers, USGBC requires that building power and cooling infrastructure provides 2% of the required 5% energy cost reductions
  • For Option 2, LEED now includes a prerequisite that the standard for compliance uses the 50% savings version of the Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDG) instead of the 30% savings version of the AEDG.  This represents an expected savings of 50% over ASHRAE 90.1-2004.
  • To achieve the prerequisites for Options 2 and 3, your project must follow ASHRAE 90.1-2010 mandatory and prescriptive requirements
  • Unregulated loads should be modeled accurately to reflect the actual expected energy consumption of the building.

ASHRAE 90.1-2010 Updates

Chapter 5: Building Envelope

  • Continuous Air Barriers are now required (except in semi-heated spaces)
  • Air Leakage in entrance vestibules for climate zone 4 (MD , DC, and PA) in buildings larger than 1000SF must have self-closing doors, interior and exterior doors not open at the same time, distance between the interior and exterior door not less than 7ft when in closed position. (doors from dwelling units are except from this requirement)
  • Fenestration and door air leakage has been expanded upon and testing methods have been updated with stricter requirements
  • Skylights are REQUIRED for buildings that are 4 stories or less, and 5000SF, >15ft ceiling height, and are one of the following spaces types
    • Office
    • Lobby
    • Atrium
    • Concourse
    • Corridor
    • Storage
    • Gymnasium/Exercise Center
    • Convention Center
    • Automotive Services
    • Manufacturing
    • Non-refrigerated Warehouse
    • Retail
    • Distribution/Sorting Area
    • Transportation
    • Workshop

Chapter 8: Power

  • Automatic receptacle controls must be installed on at least 50% of the 120V receptacles in office and computer classrooms

Chapter 9: Lighting

  • Most of the interior and exterior lighting power allowances have been reduced
    • However the allowance for corridors went from 0.5 (ASHRAE 90.1-2007) to 0.66 (ASHRAE 90.1-2010)
    • Open Office went from 1.1 (ASHRAE 90.1-2007) to 1.11 (ASHRAE 90.1-2010)
    • Stairways went from 0.6 (ASHRAE 90.1-2007) to 0.69 (ASHRAE 90.1-2010)
  • Daylighting is required if the building has 250SF or more side lighting… Continue reading

There’s an AP for That!

There are many different sustainability related codes, rating systems, and standards in the marketplace today, and even more project types out there! Suffice it to say, Lorax has the ability and know-how to help you with your sustainability goals!  We’ve got an AP for that!


Constructing a new building or renovating an old one?  LEED BD+C is the perfect rating system for a whole variety of building types including schools, core and shell, offices, warehouses, apartments, and more.  If you’re ready to get started on your project, There’s An AP for That!  Krystal, Andrea, and Tim can tell you everything you need to know about LEED BD+C, they’d love to talk to you about the changes in LEED v4!


Is your building already complete?  Want to monitor your operations and make sure your building is working the way it is supposed to?  If this sounds like something you might be interested in, There’s an AP for That!  Our resident LEED EB O+M experts, Kristy, Katie F, and Katie S will tell you all about how you can certify your existing building. And don’t forget to ask them about a very exciting Existing Building project, M&T Bank Stadium, Home of the Baltimore Ravens!


Do you have a big project? A huge project?  Maybe you want a way to get the community involved in your project, or find a way to get the most benefit for the surrounding neighborhood.  If this seems like a description of something you’ve got in the works, There’s an AP for That!  Call Hailee and ask her about LEED for Neighborhood Development.  This rating system focuses on larger, community scale projects, and involves a lot more community involvement than traditional rating systems to get a LEED Certification for the whole neighborhood!


Want to design the healthiest, happiest, most productive building for your tenants?  There’s An AP for That.  Call Katie F and ask her about the WELL Building Standard.  WELL focuses on concepts like air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind, to create a healthy space where people spend the majority of their time.  The WELL Building Standard uses innovative, research-backed strategies to advance health, happiness, mindfulness, and productivity in our buildings and communities.


They may be called Verifiers… Continue reading

Health and Wellness as a Design Focus

Last week Krystal and the Katie duo attended the Good Design = Good Health: AIA Baltimore Health & Wellness 2nd Annual Showcase, hosted by Marshall Craft Associates at their beautiful new Clipper Mill office!

We knew the exciting project exhibits and networking opportunities could not be missed, but what drew us to this particular event was its alignment with Lorax’s 2017 goal to broaden our knowledge and experience in occupant health and wellness.

The AIA showcase did not disappoint, highlighting a range of projects from community centers to hospitals, grade schools, higher education, assisted living centers, and many more. By discussing such a variety of buildings, the event allowed different innovate design features to stand out and demonstrate the specific health and wellness attributes it could offer. As we listened to the teams’ presentations we were impressed by the calming roof top gardens, active bike paths, and open learning spaces.

Although none were specifically certified under the IWBI WELL building standard, Katie Fink, Lorax’s newest WELL AP, noticed the synergies between the project strategies with many of WELL’s comprehensive concepts- nourishment, fitness, comfort, and mind, to name a few. We also stumbled upon a few of our own projects, including BrightView Senior Living of Bethesda and the research facility at 2 Hopkins Plaza!

As the green building industry continues to grow, we have seen more clients shifting focusing from the traditional design for efficiency to a greater incorporation of the physical and mental wellbeing of the life inside it. All of the incredible projects we saw last week are embodying this trend and leading by example throughout the Baltimore area.

2016 USGBC MD Wintergreen Awards – A Banner Night for Lorax

The Event

The Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building is always an exciting evening for the Lorax crew; new and sustainable venues to explore, interesting projects to learn from, excellent networking and mingling, and the nervous anticipation of the award ceremony. Every year, it warms our collective hearts to see our partners and clients honored and feel many of our projects lauded.  We even had the opportunity to learn from the sustainable choices made throughout the design and construction of the new Exelon Building in Harbor Point. But this year at the 12th Anniversary Wintergreen Awards ceremony, Lorax Partnerships had a lot to celebrate! 

Prior to the Wintergreen Awards this year, unbeknownst to us, a longtime friend and partner, nominated Lorax Partnerships for the USGBC MD Leadership Award for demonstrating leadership in sustainable design, environmental impact, social benefit, community involvement, and achievement within green building rating systems. Simultaneously, we nominated Baltimore City Public Schools, our partner in the Baltimore City Schools Construction Program, for the very same Leadership Award.  When the list of finalists was published, we realized we were competing against them in the Leadership Category.  Nothing like a little friendly competition!

Shock and Disbelief

As Sabrina Bachman, the Executive Director of the USGBC MD Community, began the award ceremony, Lorax settled in for a potential loss to our friend and competitor, Baltimore City Public Schools. Sabrina kicked off the award ceremony with the President’s Choice Award, the most competitive award, as all of the nominees – project and leadership – are eligible to receive it.  We were all stunned when Sabrina announced “Lorax Partnerships!” We all looked at each other in shock as we were cajoled to the podium to accept the plaque and honor of receiving the President’s Choice Award!

Below is an excerpt from the award address:

“Let me share a little bit about Lorax Partnerships:

  • Since its inception, Lorax has helped clients reach their sustainability goals, including through the completion of 188 green building projects.
  • Lorax is deeply involved in USGBC Maryland as members, committee volunteers, and through past service on our local board of directors. Their expertise has benefited our USGBC network and other organizations and agencies looking to analyze the best use of rating systems and codes.
  • Locally owned and operated from its base in Baltimore, Lorax provides sustainability and green building consulting… Continue reading

Maryland Earned Seventh Place in the USGBC Annual Top 10 list

In Late January, 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.

In 2016, Maryland ranked seventh in the country by the US Green Building Council.  Maryland certified 104 projects representing 13,426,623 square feet of real estate, which corresponds to 2.33 LEED certified square feet per resident, in 2016.

“I’m always proud to see Maryland on the list of top 10 states for LEED,” said Sabrina Bachman, director of community, USGBC Maryland. “I have the honor of seeing many of our exemplary sustainable building projects first-hand, and it’s wonderful for this local work to be recognized nationally, and even globally.”

Some of Lorax’s projects certified in 2016 that contribute to Maryland’s status in the Top Ten include:

2017 is well on its way to being another great year for LEED certified space in Maryland and for Lorax!  For more information on the ranking, please see the USGBC Press Release.

Discovering and Financing Energy-Saving Opportunities

Last week Katie and Tim attended the DC Sustainable Energy Utility office’s presentation on Discovering and Financing Energy-Saving Opportunities in Your Building. The facilitators of the forum were representatives from Urban Ingenuity, a DC based Financial Services Organization that “provides innovative solutions to develop and finance advanced energy projects, building retrofits, and state of the art clean energy infrastructure.” Urban Ingenuity focused on the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing method, specifically its usage throughout the District of Columbia and the many opportunities for the program’s expansion.

Tim is already an expert on Maryland’s adoption of PACE (read more here!), but these Loraxians wanted to learn how DC’s more established program was operating and  how it could apply to our current and future DC projects.

Eligibility remains the same across state borders- both new construction and existing buildings qualify, but it applies only to commercial (office, institutional, multifamily, industrial, or non-profit), with government and single-family residential projects excluded. Many case studies that are currently financing building upgrades with DC PACE were discussed, and the presenters noted that PACE funding has been used on a wide range of project sizes, from $100k up to $2 million.

PACE helps take the ever-present question of financially prioritizing sustainability out of the equation. With its proven benefits for both long and short term owners (think: increased property value, decreased utility bills and lower operations and maintenance costs) PACE allows them to stay relevant in today’s competitive market.

As many of our projects pursue rating system certifications, we were excited to learn that standard PACE improvements and upgrades align well with many of the rating systems requirements of LEED, IgCC, and several others, therefore streamlining the application process for the PACE assessors. But, note that the program is adaptable to assess projects independent of green building certifications.

Contractors interested in working on PACE projects must be registered with the program, but the process is very straightforward- simply fill out an application here.

If you think your project may qualify, or you want to learn more about DC PACE details, please contact Tim Barranco or Katie Stanford!

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