Briefly, Batson-Cook’s sustainable and environmental practices include:
We conduct an environmental impact analysis for each of our projects, including:
In order to achieve and demonstrate compliance with leadership in environmental and energy design LEED®, we chair a meeting with the owner and architect to review the LEED® Green Building Rating System project checklist. At that time, those sustainable standards items (and applicable credits) desired by the Owner will be identified.
As we proceed through the LEED® checklist, the credits will typically fall into three categories:
After receiving input and direction from the Owner, Batson-Cook prices the points that have been identified and the least costly points that meet the needs for the project. The selected items from the LEED® checklist can then be incorporated into the design by the architect. Once the design has been established, the team meets periodically to review the LEED® checklist and update it as necessary. LEED® updates are a part of every project Owner-Architect-Contractor meeting. At the pre-construction meetings held with all trade partners prior to their own work on the project, we carefully review each trade’s LEED® requirements. The trade partners for each LEED® trade are required to outline, in detail, the specific responsibilities of that trade partner to meet his specific requirements.
Special emphasis is directed to mechanical, electrical and plumbing disciplines to ensure they are aware of the testing and documentation requirements for commissioning and receiving LEED® credits. As the project moves forward, it is our policy to review each trade partner and supplier submittal for compliance with the applicable LEED® credits. Our Superintendent and other field supervision, along with project management personnel, bear the responsibility for the strict enforcement of the program’s implementation.
We are cognizant of the fact that documentation of the process and procedures enacted to achieve a LEED® certification is critical. Throughout the project, all pertinent documentation sheets (MSDS), material components, environmental specifications, et cetera, are collected and appropriately recorded in designated logbooks in preparation for submittal to the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for final certification.