Green Buildings (LEED)

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

LEED® is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance, and operations of high-performance green buildings.

The Dynamic V8 Air Cleaning System exceeds the MERV 13 minimum and approaches HEPA filtration levels by providing MERV 15+ performance 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, dynamic air cleaning systems can contribute toward earning points in the LEED v4.1 green building program.

Building Design and Construction: New Construction

  • Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Strategies Credit
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), Acoustic Performance Credit
  • Energy & Atmosphere (EA), Optimize Energy Performance Credit

LEED EQ for Existing Buildings

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

The LEED v4.1 EQ category combines traditional approaches with emerging design strategies. For example, source control is addressed in prerequisites, and a later credit then specifies an indoor air quality assessment to measure the actual outcome of these strategies. Emerging design techniques may involve advanced lighting metrics, acoustics and a holistic emissions-based approach.

LEED EQ for Existing Buildings

  • Prerequisite: Minimum indoor air quality performance
  • Prerequisite: Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control
  • Prerequisite: Green cleaning policy
  • Credit (2 points): Indoor air quality management program
  • Credit (2 points): Enhanced indoor air quality strategies
  • Credit (1 point): Occupant comfort survey

There is also a business case to be made for healthy indoor environments, one that employers, investors, building developers and owners are discovering. A better indoor environment is better for people—and people are the most valuable resource in most organizations, typically accounting for 90 percent of business operating costs. Even a 1 percent improvement in productivity or in reduced absenteeism can have a major impact on the bottom line and competitiveness of any business. A 2012 study found that companies that adopt more rigorous environmental standards are associated with higher labor productivity, by an average of 16 percent, over non-green firms.

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 v4.1

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.

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

Case Studies

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

Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Energy Challenge: Sustainable Design
Solution: Dynamic V8s

Citrix Office Headquarters

Challenges: Energy, Maintenance, IAQ
Solution: Dynamic V8s

Alta Diagonal Office Bldg

Energy Challenge: Sustainable Design /LEED
Solution: Dynamic V8s

ASHRAE Headquarters

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

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