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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

2017 National Green Building Standard Retreat

NGBS (the National Green Building Standard) is a third-party verified residential sustainability rating system.  It is based on the ICC-700 Standard and focuses on three primary attributes: Healthy Homes, Lower Operating Costs, and Sustainable Lifestyle.  Who doesn’t want that?!  Lorax has 3 NGBS Verifiers, Andrea, Tim and Hailee.

In the second quarter of 2017, Andrea and Tim updated their NGBS accreditation to 2015 NGBS Verifiers, and Hailee has joined the crew as a 2012 NGBS Verifier.  NGBS Verifiers, no matter which version of the rating system, work on residential housing projects to verify compliance with the National Green Building Standard.  Tim, Andrea, and Hailee do site visits to make sure your construction is going according to plan and check on building product installation. Andrea is even an NGBS Partner of Excellence for 2016!

The National Green Building Standard is the foremost residential rating system in the United States. It is applicable to single and duplex style homes, as well as multi-family units. In addition to consulting, Lorax’s accredited verifiers act as the required NAHB liaison, submit the project for certification, and provide all requested responses through the NAHB website.

This year Tim and Andrea joined an elite group of 30 NGBS Verifiers  to attend the invite-only annual NGBS Verifier Retreat held in Upper Marlboro, MD.  What an eventful two days!  To kick off the 2017 NGBS Verifier Retreat Tim and Andrea met with NGBS Verifiers from all over the country at a Baltimore Orioles baseball game.  Nothing like getting to know your fellow Verifiers and the NGBS staff over a cold beer, hotdog, and a winning game for the O’s! 

The down-to-business side of the retreat included presentations from industry leaders, a tour of the Home Innovation Research Labs’s Building Science Research and Testing Facilities, and spirited discussion on the future of green building. Lorax left with new ideas and new friends — we’re already looking forward to next year!

LORAX PARTNERSHIPS IS HIRING!

Lorax Partnerships, LLC is seeking new talent to join our team.  Now, in our 15th year, we continue to expand our portfolio of more than 200 completed projects, and are looking to increase our capacity to support our expanding services and growing project workload.  

We are seeking enthusiastic, self-driven, service oriented individuals to fill Project Management and Business Administrative positions. The candidates we select shall be people oriented, highly organized, and enjoy working in teams.  Candidates for consideration will possess strong writing and verbal communications skills in a business environment. Proficiency with business office software such as MS Office products is a must.

We are open to new employees from all walks of life and professional backgrounds. The optimal candidates should have the desire to thrive in a team work environment, and be capable of tackling a steep learning curve.  

What We Do

Lorax Partnerships provides sustainability and green building consulting services to building developers, owners, and occupants, as well as business owners, architects, and other real estate professionals interested in improving the environmental performance of their company, building or development project.

Our motivated and experienced project managers furnish building owners and developers with a single and knowledgeable point of contact for sustainable design, construction, and facilities management practices.

We work with organizations to integrate sustainability into overall business strategies through corporate environmental consulting; advising on waste management, energy usage, and operational efficiency.

We have depth and breadth of experience across a number of green building codes, standards, and rating systems.  Since our establishment in 2003, we have helped to streamline and expedite the building certification process for our clients in order to achieve their sustainability goals.

Who We Are

Lorax’s prime value to our clients and their project teams is our people.  The company consists of highly motivated and experienced staff that believes in the business, and what it stands for, and we are continually inspired by new challenges in a rapidly evolving industry.  All employees are accredited in one or more green building rating system including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), National Green Building Standard (NGBS), Green Globes, the WELL Building Standard, Fitwel, Certified Energy Manager, and Guiding Principles.

Where We Work

Lorax Partnerships is located in the heart of Baltimore City.  We are nestled in the historic Federal Hill neighborhood in close proximity to many of… Continue reading

There’s an AP for That (The Sequel)

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!

And now, in the second quarter of 2017, we have three additional accreditations to boast: a Certified Energy Manager, a Fitwel Ambassador, and three new NGBS Verifiers!

Certified Energy Manager (CEM)

Are you looking for knowledgeable advice regarding energy usage and suggestions for improving your overall energy efficiency? There’s An AP for That! As a CEM, Andrea has the knowledge and skills to evaluate your building’s energy usage and make suggestions for improving your overall energy efficiency.  She takes a holistic approach to the entire building’s energy usage to look for ways to make small economic investments for huge energy savings. Since its inception in 1981 by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) is an individual who optimizes the energy performance of a facility, building or industrial plant. The CEM is a systems integrator for electrical, mechanical, process and building infrastructure, analyzing the optimum solutions to reduce energy consumption in a cost effective approach. CEM’s are often team leaders and help to develop and implement their organizations’ energy management strategies.

Fitwel Ambassador

Looking for a fresh approach to certification systems that address occupant health and wellness? There’s An AP for That! Katie, a new Fitwel Ambassador, is recognized as a leader and active participant in Fitwel’s healthy building movement.  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. Fitwel has a vision for the future where every building is enhanced to support the wellbeing of its occupants, and surrounding communities. It is a unique building certification system that positively impacts occupant health and productivity through an integrated approach to workplace design and operations.

NGBS

They may be called Verifiers instead of APs, but we can’t forget about our resident NGBS verifiers!  In the second quarter of 2017, Andrea and Tim updated their NGBS accreditation to 2015 NGBS Verifiers, and Hailee has joined the crew as a 2012 NGBS Verifier.… Continue reading

Lorax 2017 Retreat Summary: Future Growth and Success of Lorax

Lorax’s 2017 company retreat was held on April 27th and 28th 2017, and was a little challenging to plan; mostly because our 2016 retreat was so AWESOME!

During previous retreats, Lorax’s Principal, Neal Fiorelli, typically presented to the company and the focus was on the status of the company, our services, and our performance. Essentially Neal would provide a snapshot of what is happening in that moment in time at Lorax. Even our 2016 retreat focused significantly on our past and present.

This year, we changed our focus. The theme of the 2017 Lorax Partnerships retreat was “Future Growth and the Success of Lorax.”  We have so much in store for the next chapter of Lorax! Lorax is growing to the point where our 3 “newbies” will no longer be “new” as we are seeking to hire again this year to add to our exceptional team. Katie, Hailee and Tim have brought a new enthusiasm to Lorax; with new ideas, new ways of thinking, exploring, and executing, we are primed for the next level.

So what is that next level and how do we get there? At the end of 2016, Lorax’s management team worked to develop specific company goals and objectives for the 2017 calendar year. Lorax staff was given the opportunity to select a company goal to focus on and teams were formed to spearhead the efforts. These teams are responsible for developing an action plan for executing their designated goal. 

During Day 1 of our retreat each team gave a 30 minute presentation about the status of achieving each goal.

The presentations addressed internal knowledge transfer, technical expertise, high performance building strategies, health and wellness in the built environment, building occupant behavior, business development tactics, industry trends, a competitive and market analysis, improvements to company operations, and so much more.  We are definitely looking ahead!

Day 1 also included team building exercises including the “Wall of Wonder” where we did a little humble-bragging about our recent accomplishments and “Defeating Your Competitor” where we developed a hypothetical competing sustainability firm and then outlined our strengths and strategies for outperforming them. Day 1 was exceptionally productive and forward-focused, but nothing compares to Day 2!

On Day 2, Lorax swung from the treetops at Go Ape! For 4 hours, Lorax zipped through the forest canopy, tackled dangling obstacles, overcame our collect fear of… Continue reading

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.

Knorr Brake Company is a manufacturer of Braking, Door, and… Continue reading

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!

BD+C

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!

O+M

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!

ND

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!

WELL

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.

NGBS

They may be called Verifiers… Continue reading

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