|The LEED Story
Dynamic V8 Air Cleaner helps with LEED Certification in Public School
The Baker Center in Punta Gorda, Florida recently received LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and represents the first public school building in the state to achieve LEED certification. The new Baker Center includes classrooms, administration offices, community meeting area, cafeteria and kitchen.
Dynamic Air Quality Solutions is pleased to have assisted in the process. Dynamic V8 Air Cleaners were factory installed in five Trane Climate Changers (Lexington, KY). Trane Sales Engineer, Roger Coll, worked with TLC Engineering Fort Myers to provide mechanical, electrical, structural design services and sustainable design consulting for the project. Baker Center represented TLC's 11th LEED Certified building.
Dynamic V8 Air Cleaners assisted with LEED Certification primarily in two areas:
1. The Dynamic V8 efficiency meets the MERV13 minimum IAQ performance requirement.
2. The V8 operates with a low static pressure drop to save energy and help optimize energy performance.
In addition, Dynamic V8 replacement media has long maintenance intervals and media is compact which significantly reduces the carbon footprint when compared to conventional high efficiency filters. Read more about Dynamic V8.
Will TLC use Dynamic on future jobs? "You bet," according to Jim Keohane, Principal & Associate Division Director for TLC Engineering Fort Myers.
Baker Center, the early childhood center and home of Charlotte County's Head Start Program was destroyed by Hurricane Charley in 2004 and rebuilt in 2006-2007. "It's exciting to know we have a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility that is not only safe for our children but environmentally friendly," said Baker Center Manager Debi Bell.
04-23-08: Baker Center Achieves USGBC LEED Certification.
LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings administered by the USGBC. A LEED certified building means it has achieved at least a minimum standard as judged in six categories: sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovation and design process. Points are awarded in each category depending on how the facility meets each category's requirements. A building must receive a minimum of 26 points for LEED certification; up to 69 points are possible. There are four levels of LEED certification: Certified (26-32 points); Silver (33-38 points); Gold 39-51 points); and Platinum (52-69 points).
The energy and atmosphere category, one-third of potential LEED points, directly addresses the HVAC system and its effect on the environment. This includes the amount of energy the HVAC system consumes, the environmental implications of generating that energy, and the ozone depletion potential of the refrigerant used in the equipment.
"This is one of our first projects to obtain LEED certification," according to Carl Mitchell, V.P. Sales for Dynamic Air Quality Solutions, "and we expect many more to follow."
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