What is LEED construction? According to the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design "encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria."
McCarthy has been heavily involved in USGBC standards and has participated not only in certified LEED construction, gaining third party verification that the project meets only the highest green building standards and high performance measures, but also in encouraging engineers and employees to become LEED Accredited Professionals (AP). We now boast close to 400 LEED APs and a number of high performance and LEED certified buildings.
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Since 1994, the USGBC, a non-profit organization centered around responsible and environmentally friendly building and construction practices, has been at the forefront of green building. The standards set forth by the USGBC must be meticulously followed in order for a building to become LEED certified or an engineer or employee to become LEED accredited.
When it comes to LEED construction, McCarthy has always focused on high performance building and encourages all of our employees to become LEED accredited. With our roster of over 400 LEED Accredited Professionals, sustainable building at McCarthy is not merely a trend.
We also encourage all clients and partners to consider green building practices regardless of a project's goals. Some examples of McCarthy LEED certified buildings include:
- City of Woodland Police Station: This $12 million police headquarter building is one of the nation's first police buildings to be certified under the USGBC LEED Green Building Rating System & trade. Through the use of direct and indirect day-lighting, the use of low-emissive construction materials and highly reflective single-ply roofing, the design yield of the building envelope and HVAC design is approximately 30-40% more efficient than the Title 24 requirements. The use of direct light via a two story atrium running the complete length of the building and the use of high-efficiency mechanical and electrical systems directly contributes to an estimated 30% savings in energy consumption.
- Arizona State University Fulton Center: This six-story, 140,000-sf office building utilizes many sustainable construction practices. High performance glass was installed to reduce heat gain while optimizing day-lighting up to 40%. Out of all the construction materials McCarthy used, 25% was recycled.
In everything we do, McCarthy strives to leave a legacy for the generations to follow. Not only do we want to become the Best Builder in America, but through the experience of our LEED Accredited Professionals, our LEED construction practices, and other green building initiatives, we also want to be the most environmentally responsible builder. For more on how our sustainable builders can turn your next project into a green project, contact us today to speak to a McCarthy representative.