Green Building

Mitchell Design Build is a leader in “green” building construction in NY State.

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The term “green” has become quite popular over recent years, but what does it really mean and how is it applied to a building?…

In March 2000, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) developed a green building certification system – the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, otherwise known as LEED. LEED provides a regulatory “framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable

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design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.” In other words, it outlines what is required of a building to be considered “green.”

LEED certification uses a rating system that is applied to buildings as a means to promote and measure sustainable buildings and development practices. Every LEED certified building must meet high performance requirements in five key areas:

  • Sustainable Site Development
  • Water Savings
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Materials Selection
  • Indoor Environmental Quality

Does Mitchell design “green” buildings?

Yes. With two LEED accredited professionals on our team (Rick Mitchell and Spencer Read), Mitchell understands what it takes to build “green.” Our portfolio includes the design of four “green” buildings – two of which have been built, one certified and one currently undergoing the certification process. In fact, one of those green buildings was not only LEED certified, but was the first Gold Rated LEED building in Seneca County (see Seneca Meadows Education Center on Project Page).

Why seek LEED certification?

According to the USGBC, LEED certified buildings are designed to:

  • Lower operating costs and increase asset value
  • Reduce waste sent to landfills
  • Conserve energy and water
  • Be healthier and safer for occupants
  • Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
  • Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities
 

Is LEED certification the only way a building can be considered “green”?

No. While the LEED rating system is the most widely used there are other rating system available. Furthermore there is a growing trend for buildings to be considered LEED Certifiable. A LEED Certifiable building is one that is designed and built to the LEED design standards, but never actually goes through the formal documentation and certification process; usually due to either budget or timing issues.

Are there any grants or incentives for having a LEED certified or “green” building?

Yes. There are numerous programs, both public and private, that will provide incentives to projects that promote energy efficiency. At Mitchell, we know and understand exactly how to go after these incentives, what programs may be appropriate for each project and how to apply and secure such funding. The end result? Our clients often receive sizeable checks directly from the State of New York and other organizations.

Mitchell Green Building Construction, based in Rochester, NY, building on a foundation of architecture.

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