Green Buildings
The interest in "green" buildings is increasing. Green buildings are buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. The U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standard is becoming the basis for determining a buildings "green" status. More information on the USGBC can be found at www.usgbc.org.

LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. It has sections to cover all aspects of the building and its construction. The sections of LEED for New Construction are:
  • Sustainable Sites (SS)
  • Water Efficiency (WE)
  • Energy & Atmosphere (EA)
  • Materials & Resources (MR)
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ)
  • Innovation & Design Process (ID)
The HVAC system plays an important role in achieving healthy buildings to work in, but these LEED Credits tend to be underutilized. The sections of LEED that relate to Titus' air distribution products fall primarily under the Energy & Atmosphere (EA) and Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) sections of LEED. A chart showing the breakdown of the LEED Credits achieved in order of frequency and how often the HVAC specific credits are achieved can be found on the LEED Credits Achieved section of the website.

The Regional Material and Recycled Content parts of the Materials & Resources (MR) section are applicable to all industries. More information on Titus products that are eligible for LEED credit can be found on the LEED and Green Buildings section of the website in the LEED Application Guide.

Titus offers a wide range of products that ship from factories across the country. By selecting a model that meets your performance needs and is within 500 miles from the project site, you can increase the percentage of regionally supplied products to acheive a LEED Regional Material credit. For an overview of Titus products and plant locations Click here.
Related Credits

The following table from the December 2003 issue of Environmental Building News shows the rate at which LEED Credits are being achieved. The Credits with the Titus logo designate HVAC specific credits. (Other credits, such as EA Credit 1, Optimize Energy Performance, are also applicable to HVAC, but are not highlighted as they are not HVAC specific.)

Source: Compiled from USGBC's project "Scorecards" by Rob Bolin, of Syska Hennessy Group, and Environmental Building News. Copyright © 2003 by BuildingGreen, Inc. All rights reserved; reprinted with permission. buildinggreen.com/menus/leedList.cfm .

    The top 10 Credits achieved are:
  • ID Credit 2 - LEED Accredited Professional
  • MR Credit 5.1 - Regional Materials - 20%
  • EQ Credit 4.3 - Low Emitting Materials, Carpet
  • WE Credit 1.1 - Water Efficient Landscaping - 50%
  • ID Credit 1.1 - Innovation in Design - 1st point
  • SS Credit 4.2 - Alternative Transportation, Bicycle Storage
  • EQ Credit 4.1 - Low Emitting Materials, Adhesives & Sealants
  • MR Credit 4.1 - Recycled Content - 5%
  • EQ Credit 4.2 - Low Emitting Materials, Paints
  • SS Credit 1 - Site Selection

Noticeably missing from the top ten Credits achieved are the HVAC and thermal comfort related credits.

Of the HVAC specific credits marked in the chart above, EQ Credit 1, CO2 Monitoring, was achieved in 70% of the projects, EQ Credit 7.1, Thermal Comfort, Comply with ASHRAE 55, was achieved in 65% of the projects, EQ Credit 7.2, Thermal Comfort, Permanent Monitoring System was achieved in 55% of the projects, EQ Credit 2, Increase Ventilation Effectiveness, was only achieved in 30% of the projects, and EQ Credit 6.2, Controllability of Non-Perimeter Systems, was only achieved in 15% of the projects.

This shows that these five HVAC specific credits are underutilized and, if used, could help move the project to the next level of LEED Certification. The LEED Application Guide discusses these and other LEED Credits and provides information on products that can help you achieve LEED points.

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Due to some of the manufacturing processes that Titus uses, Titus does not use recycled steel or aluminum. LEED states that mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) products as well as labor, overhead, and fees are not to be included in calculations for the Regional Material and Recycled Content Credits.

The reason for excluding MEP products is that typically, MEP products are not recycled or reused, which is the focus of the Material & Resources section of LEED. Including MEP products would increase the total material value of a project while not adding value to the total recycled or reused material content, and, therefore, make it more difficult to achieve the 5%, 10%, or 20% necessary to achieve some of the Material & Resource Credits.

Although the Credits state that MEP products should be excluded, they may be included in the calculations if desired. However, the same total material value must be used throughout the LEED credit calculations, so if MEP products are included, they must be in all Credit calculations.

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