DES MOINES, Iowa – The EMC 219 8th Street project received LEED-NC Gold on July 3, 2018. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
“The building was targeted to meet certification early on,” said Project Manager Mark Thompson. “We worked with EMC, Brooks Borg Skiles Architects Engineers and a LEED consultant, NV5, throughout the process. From material selection, documentation and ultimately execution of the design – the team worked together to make this building worthy of LEED Gold.”
EMC’s commitment to corporate responsibility drove the company to participate in the LEED process. EMC’s focus on the quality and longevity of their building designs and layouts is not new. The company expects the construction team to build their buildings to last. Each EMC project is completed through thoughtful and proper design, quality materials, and energy efficient systems and envelopes.
There are four rating systems for LEED certification – Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. To achieve LEED certification, points must be earned through different categories such as water efficiency, materials and resources, innovation in design, and energy.
Neumann Brothers, Inc. has completed many LEED projects. The World Food Prize project, completed in 2012, was the first historic renovation project in the state of Iowa to receive the Platinum certification (and remains one of only a handful of century old buildings in the country to achieve that standard). Five projects on the Grinnell College campus have also received LEED certifications including: the Pre-School Psychology Laboratory, Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, East Campus Residence Halls, Charles Benson Bear ’39 Recreation and Athletic Center, and the CERA Complex – which was the first project in the state of Iowa to receive Gold certification.
“We work to promote sustainable design and construction on every project we work on – whether through energy efficient designs, material selections, system design or equipment selections,” said Thompson. “We help Owners make informed decisions about their project by providing them with system performance information and improvement opportunities that will help their team efficiently operate the facility long after construction is complete.”