Beyond Keeping up Appearances

Beyond Keeping up Appearances

Beyond Keeping up Appearances

Your spiffy LEED plaque has been hanging in the foyer for years proclaiming the sustainable efforts that went into the design and construction of your building. But now that the building is occupied and running – is it living up to the intent? The USGBC really wants to know, and it is likely that all the stakeholders that originally cared that it was certified do too, even if they never ask. Whether it was driven by investors, the owner, government incentive or requirement, or market expectations it is easier now than ever to find out, and prove it. The mother-of-all post-occupancy evaluations GBCI rolled out their new online platform Arc (Arcskoru.com) to support LEED O+M v4.0 and 4.1 and implemented a suite of updates and revised scoring in early 2019 to support the final version of v4.1 including recertification. Buildings that previously certified under any version of BD+C and ID+C […]

255 S. King Street Achieves Long Awaited LEED Silver Certifications

255 S. King Street Achieves Long Awaited LEED Silver Certifications

Some large, phased projects have really long design and construction schedules, so it can take quite a while to guide them through the LEED certification process. One such project began for us in 2012, the 255 S. King Street Hotel and Office towers, which were constructed on a joint four story podium containing parking and pedestrian level retail space. Phase 1 began with a 325,000SF hotel project that consisted of 297 rooms with a conference center and a health club with a pool. During construction, a popular local restaurant, 13 Coins, relocated to the ground floor of the new building. Connected by an atrium, the second phase of the project added an 18 story, 292,000SF core and shell office tower to the podium. The office tower houses Avilara on several of the floors with some space yet to lease and contains a large roof top restaurant. Since the towers share […]

The Battle of the Health and Wellness Certification Systems

The Battle of the Health and Wellness Certification Systems

With a push towards healthier buildings and occupant wellbeing, two new rating systems have emerged: WELL and Fitwel. Both rating systems have researched-based strategies that focus on the design, operations and behaviors within new construction and existing building projects. These strategies impact the places we live and work to enhance building performance that improves human health and wellbeing. Find out below how these two rating systems compare. WELL Building Standard was the first system that focused soley on the health and wellness of building occupants. It was developed by Delos, managed by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and third party certified by Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI). WELL contains some synergies with LEED, but overall it emphases quality of air, water or lighting versus reducing energy and water consumption. This system focuses on several categories: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind, Community and Innovations that […]

Are you WELL served?

Are you WELL served?

ArchEcology has expanded our expertise into rating systems that focus on the health and wellness of building occupants by adding two new credentials to our repertoire! In addition to becoming a Fitwel Ambassador earlier this year, Joni Stokdijk has been qualified as a WELL AP in the WELL Building Standard rating system. Both these rating systems focus on creating buildings that empower occupants to make healthier food choices, promote active lifestyles and help occupants perform and feel their best. ArchEcology is now qualified to provide consulting services for any project wishing to enhance the health and well-being of their occupants or tenants.

Westlake Steps Projects Get LEED Certified

Westlake Steps Projects Get LEED Certified

Congratulations to the Holland Partner Group for successfully LEED certifying both Westlake Steps 2 and 4. These large multifamily projects, located at 1207 and 1287 Westlake Avenue respectively, were built concurrently. To address steep terrain, each project is divided into two buildings stepping up the slope with an at grade walkway and hill climb between them. Below grade they are connected by shared parking. Completed first, the 310,000SF, 5-story Westlake Steps 4 project has 317 market rate units and achieved LEED Certification in the spring of 2017. It was quickly followed a LEED Silver Certification on the Westlake Steps 2, a 313,850SF 6-story project with a small groundfloor retail space and 385 market rate units. ArchEcology guided the LEED certification process for both projects.

ArchEcology’s Growing Portfolio in the Bay Area

ArchEcology’s Growing Portfolio in the Bay Area

Golden State Eco-Warriors ArchEcology has been expanding into Northern California thanks to a couple of our awesome clients.  Over the last year we’ve been growing our expertise in the regulations and programs governing green development in California.  Title 24 (T24), CalGreen, and Build It Green all bring new codes, checklists and inspection requirements, in addition to LEED requirements. There is a recognition by the USGBC that the California standards go far further than typical codes and requirements, prompting them to issue an Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) that allows nonresidential projects that comply with CalGreen 2016 requirements to automatically comply with related LEED v4 credits. More detail on the 12 Prerequisites and 6 credits that are eligible can be found at https://www.usgbc.org/green-codes. Similarly, LEED will accept Title 24 performance modeling results for Optimize Energy credits, as a means of streamlining energy modeling efforts. However, the use of T24 results for LEED […]

LEED Certified Retail in Bellevue

LEED Certified Retail in Bellevue

Congratulations to KG Investments and their team on completing LEED Core and Shell certification of their new shopping center in Bellevue, WA. The project is a pioneer in shifting the appearance of 116th Ave NE, just over the highway from Bellevue’s downtown core from a strip of large auto sale lots, to a more diverse and dense business district. This Class A retail project provides 75,360 sf of space and houses REI, Home Goods and Trader Joes. It anchors a new intersection that allows SE 4th Street to continue east and connect over to 120th Ave NE. Documenting Core and Shell certification can entail a delicate juggling act as tenants are identified and build out and tenant agreement parameters shift during construction.  ArchEcology was able to help the project team keep a handle on all these parameters and take credit for the project’s green choices. HIGHLIGHTS Owner: KG Investments Architectural Design: […]

Passive House in Seattle

Passive House in Seattle

Our very own Dan Luddy was a speaker at the 2017 North American Passive House Conference, held right here in Seattle! This year’s theme was “The Path to Zero Source Energy,” and Dan presented on the use of energy modeling in Passive House design. He showcased the analysis that we providing for 1300 Pike, and how collaboration during the design process has resulted in a simplified, cost-effective approach to Passive House certification that focus resources on the most critical components. Dan’s main message was that Passive House certification is achievable, scalable and an excellent pathway to achieving exceptional building performance.

The Integrative Process in LEED V4

The Integrative Process in LEED V4

The Integrative Process, one of the new credits introduced in LEED V4, falls into a category all its own. Unlike many of the other credits that quantify characteristics of the building, the IP is a pre-design practice that serves as an opportunity to perform early intervention on the project’s sustainability goals. The goal of IP is to identify synergies across disciplines and building systems when there is still maximum opportunity to have an impact on design and before too many critical decisions have been finalized. The IP addresses sustainable design considerations that can have an early and lasting impact on energy consumption, water usage and site conditions: Energy Systems Required for all BD+C and ID+C projects, the Integrative Process includes the construction of a “simple box” energy model during schematic design. This model allows the design team to explore the energy impact of key parameters, including: Site conditions Massing and […]

Accelerate Your Building’s Energy Savings

Accelerate Your Building’s Energy Savings

The Seattle Building Tune-Up Accelerator program offers incentives to help nonresidential buildings identify no or low cost operations and maintenance actions that can reduce energy and water use and typically result in an average of 10-15% savings on annual utility bills. Eligible nonresidential buildings of 70,000-99,999 SF (due to comply by Oct 2020) and 50,000 to 69,999 SF (due to comply by Oct 2021) must apply to participate in the program by Dec 1, 2017. Funding is limited so apply now! Download the application form. The Accelerator program offers up to $0.12 per SF (approx. $6000 to $12,000 up to 70% of project cost) to help defray the cost of the tune up services, which include assessment and confirmation that required improvements are made. As a Special Bonus with participation in the Accelerator Program, you also receive a free Asset Score, which identifies the likely savings opportunities in your property aside […]

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