SUSTAINABLE DESIGN & BUILDING AT EAST RIDGE RETIREMENT VILLAGE

LECESSE Construction is committed to promoting sustainable building and construction processes that will enhance protect and conserve our natural resources and built environment. We understand the economic, environmental and health value to our customers and to the communities in which we live and work. As an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council with several expert LEED ® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professionals on staff, we are focused on sustainable design and construction in conjunction with our clients goals of lowering energy and operating costs, improving health, productivity, community image, and environmental consciousness.

Our LEED professionals are experts in the complexity and integration of today’s building systems in an effort to improve your building's performance through:

  • Reduced operating costs
  • Conservation of natural resources
  • Optimized equipment life-cycle
  • Enhanced occupant comfort and health
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved air and water quality
  • Reduced waste

We are committed to offering our expertise in conjunction with LEED goals to promote whole-building design practices with specific focus on sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design.

Our services have long been offered in alignment with the goals of ENERGY STAR which was created to help identify highly efficient products that offer superior energy performance in homes and buildings and often result in long term economic gains. We have extensive experience working with clients in the development of creative approaches under the various New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) program guidelines to electrical energy conservation that will provide excellent energy conservation in a cost effective manner.


SUSTAINABLE DESIGN & BUILDING AT EAST RIDGE RETIREMENT VILLAGE

East Ridge Retirement Village (ERRV) is a senior living campus repositioning itself in the greater Miami/Coral Gables marketplace. To comply with local municipal requirements for green construction the team chose to pursue LEED* for Homes certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The team planned for and successfully executed a series of strategies intended to create healthier indoor environments, reduce building operating costs, reduce resource consumption, water and energy use.

The ERRV team has implemented the following strategies at East Ridge; use of a white roof membrane and reflective metal roof; 20-30 percent water use reduction; extensive use of low-emitting materials/finishes; energy-efficient mechanical systems; and sustainable site development strategies including native landscaping with 99% drought-tolerant plants on-site, habitat restoration, storm water management quantity and quality control and 87% of construction waste diverted from the project.

The project has been awarded a platinum rating, making it the only known skilled nursing facility in Florida to receive the USGBC’s highest rating under the LEED for Homes program.

LEED for Homes represents a consensus standard for green homebuilding developed and refined by a diverse team of national experts and experienced green builders.


CASE STUDY: SUSTAINABLE DESIGN & BUILDING AT CAMPHILL GHENT

Camphill Ghent Elder Care Initiative took a holistic approach when planning their new community for seniors. The Camphill movement which celebrates the individual for their value to the community believes in nurturing the environment by employing sustainable construction and green technologies in an effort to produce much of its own organic food supply and to serve as responsible stewards of the land.

A project team kick off meeting was held during design development to target program credits and mandates to be incorporated into Camphill's plans and specs. Weekly team meetings during construction included periodic reviews to ensure sustainability goals were being met.

Much of the entire site was left undisturbed and areas that were replanted received drought tolerant, native, or natively adapted landscaping. Storm water runoff is managed on site through a series of bio swales and check damns delivering clean, silt free, cool temperature runoff to an existing retention pond thereby reducing runoff and sediment contamination of downstream bodies of water.

Low flow fixtures were installed in all bathrooms; 1.28 gpf toilets, 1.5 gpm showers & lav faucets. All of the apartments participated in the NY Energy Star Homes program and received the EPA’s Energy Star Label and Home Energy Rating Certificates with HERS Index ranging in the 60’s indicating that the building is performing close to 40% better than minimum energy code standards.

Closed cell foam and fiberglass batts were installed in wall cavities; under slab insulation with a thermal break, blown in cellulose in attics, and efficient windows complete the thermal envelope. High efficiency propane condensing boilers provide radiant heat & domestic hot water. Cooling to common areas and in the townhouse units is provided via mini split systems but most of the project was not deemed to require cooling given the high performance envelope.

The units were tested for air infiltration and combustion safety and verified by HERS raters and LEED Green Raters. The apartments also participated in the NY Green Residential Building Program which qualified them for additional incentives. Finishes included low VOC paints, sealants, and caulks. Energy Star appliances and pin based CFL’s were installed throughout.

This project received over $100,000 in incentives from NYSERDA; more than offsetting the LEED and NYSERDA administration fees of about $65,000 and the project first costs were neutral, so Camphill's sustainability initiatives operated in the black by going "green" and receives the benefit of reduced energy bills forever.