Green Buildings (LEED)

 

Dynamic Air Quality Solutions is proud to be a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.  LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on the environment and their buildings' performance.

The Dynamic V8 Air Cleaning System exceeds the MERV 13 minimum and approaches HEPA filtration levels by providing up to MERV 15+ performnce while operating at much lower static pressures.  In addition, Dynamic V8 media provides over 10 (ten) times the media life when compared to comparable passive filters.  Under the rating system, there are up to three points available on projects using Dynamic V8 Air Cleaning Systems:

  • Indoor Air Quality - EQ Credit 5
  • Reduced HVAC Energy  - EA Credit 1
  • Innovation – ID Credit 1

For existing buildings, a good IAQ strategy can also help meet LEED Existing Building (EB) pre-requisites and earn LEED credits.  According to Facilities.Net, recommissioning a building, on average, can return 91% of cash in savings within just 1 year.

A 2012 post-occupancy report from the National Research Council of Canada has concluded that lower particulate counts are positively correlated with higher tenant satisfaction.  The title of the report is Do Green Buildings Outperform Conventional Buildings? Indoor Environment and Energy Performance in North American Offices.  The study included occupant surveys and physical building and energy use data collected from 24 buildings (12 green, 12 conventional) across Canada and the northern US.  Over 2545 occupants completed a questionnaire with items related to environmental satisfaction, job satisfaction and organizational commitment, health and well-being, environmental attitudes, and commuting behavior. In addition, on-site physical measurements were conducted at each building.  This report confirms what we knew intuitively all along and goes a long way in helping building owners justify the extra expenses to obtain LEED certification.

Acoustical Advantages

The low static pressure inherent in Dynamic Air Cleaners can translate to significant sound reduction which can eliminate the need for sound-dampening duct-lining treatments, baffles, silencers, duct sound attenuators, and/or electronic sound masking systems.

LEED v4

Until recently, acoustics in commercial buildings had not been a formal part of the LEED® rating system except on a case-by-case basis with possible credits in the Innovation in Design or Pilot Credit 24 categories. New LEED v4 criteria, however, now takes into account the value of good acoustics in enhancing occupant satisfaction and productivity. Under LEED v4, it is now possible to qualify for two points toward the Acoustic Performance credit in the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) section of the new Interior Design and Construction (Commercial Interiors) rating system, and one point in the new Building Design and Construction (New Construction) system.

This is good news for U.S. commercial building occupants.  Of 22,000 occupants surveyed by the Center for the Built Environment, they found acoustic quality to be the only IEQ factor that on average registered a negative for dissatisfaction.  

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Additional information about LEED is available from the Green Building Council website at www.usgbc.org.

 

 



Case Studies

 


ASHRAE Headquarters
Energy Challenge:  Sustainable Design and improved IAQ
Solution: Dynamic V8s

 


Baker Center
Energy Challenge: Sustainable Design
Solution: Dynamic V8s




SAS Conference Center
Energy Challenge: Sustainable Design
Solution: Dynamic V8s

 


Class-A Office Tower - 947 Fort Street
Energy Challenge: Sustainable Design
Solution: Dynamic V8s

 

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Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Energy Challenge: Sustainable Design
Solution: Dynamic V8s

 

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Alta Diagonal Office Bldg
Energy Challenge: Sustainable Design /LEED
Solution: Dynamic V8s