What Is LEED?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to provide a framework for, and promote, environmentally conscious buildings. A LEED-certified building is one that was designed and constructed using strategies that focus on:
- Water Efficiency
- Energy Efficiency
- Material & Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Design Innovation
- Educational Awareness
LEED-certified buildings are designed to ultimately lower operating costs, increase asset value, reduce landfill waste, conserve energy and water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide a healthy environment for occupants.
The United States Green Building Council recognizes many different project types for a LEED certification. The Ambler Boiler House is classified as a Core & Shell project type; it received 85 out of 110 possible credits, earning a Platinum level certification. You can read more about the LEED program and the Ambler Boiler House project here.
Some innovative and “green” aspects utilized throughout the design include:
- a ground‐source geothermal heat pump system, which boosts the efficiency of the HVAC system by utilizing the earth as a heat source and sink
- roofing materials that reduce solar heat gain
- highly efficient lighting designs and window materials that provide high‐performance glazing and daylight harvesting, maximizing visible light transmittance while minimizing solar heat gain
- a building automation system (BAS), a highly efficient heating and cooling system which controls the building temperature during off hours
- interior materials of high recycled content and low emissions of VOC’s
- environmentally sensitive cleaning methods and products
- preferred parking for fuel-efficient and low‐emitting vehicles
In addition to the above, the proximity to the adjacent Septa R‐5 station encourages the use of public transportation, the proximity to the Main Street District of Ambler promotes a pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment, and the Boiler House has made bicycle storage accessible on the property; all of these features contribute to the achievement of receiving a LEED Platinum certification.