existing buildings o+m/arc

LEED O+M is the certification for existing buildings and focuses on the operations and maintenance activities of a building such as energy conservation, waste minimization, water use, and ongoing procurement. eco evolutions provides support for every step of your LEED (O+M) certification project, including using the Arc platform for your LEED O+M certification. A typical project consists of the following steps:

 

Step 1:  Feasibility Assessment and Credit Gap Analysis. eco evolutions works with your LEED project team during this critical first step to determine the feasibility of certification. We will confirm that the LEED prerequisites and minimum program requirements can be met by your building and evaluate your facility using the appropriate LEED rating system to define achievable credits and the potential level of certification.  We then provide you with a roadmap for certification.

 

Step 2: Project Management and Certification Submittal. eco evolutions works with your team to incorporate LEED requirements into your operations.  After successful implementation, we will prepare your LEED certification application and/or Arc platform for submittal to the USGBC. Throughout the entire process, eco evolutions provides support, including project management, documentation development, data tracking, submittal preparation, and technical guidance.   

 

Step 3: On-going Data Management. Of course, the process doesn’t end with certification.  eco evolutions assists with ongoing LEED performance data tracking (such as sustainable purchases, water and energy usage, and waste generation as well as indoor air quality testing and employee surveys) to facilitate the re-submittal process required every three years (for LEED O+M/Arc projects).

 

new construction bd+c

LEED (BD+C) is the certification of the construction process of a building. eco evolutions provides technical support for every step of your LEED certification project. A typical project consists of the following steps:

Step 1: LEED Feasibility and Strategy. eco evolutions will work with the project team to assess the feasibility for LEED certification. If certification is deemed feasible, eco evolutions will determine the most appropriate certification strategy for the project. eco evolutions will review the draft design, and where appropriate, provide suggestions for additional green design elements.

Step 2: LEED Administration. eco evolutions will serve as the LEED Administrator of the project and will be responsible for managing the LEED application and for administering the LEED Online application. eco evolutions will attend regular conference call meetings, send information requests, track progress, and provide updates to the project team.

Step 3: LEED application submittal.  eco evolutions will be responsible for collecting information required for the LEED submittal (i.e., site plans, narratives, product and equipment specifications, waste tracking data, etc.) from the architect, engineers and construction managers. eco evolutions will provide detailed lists of the information requested to each responsible party. eco evolutions will prepare the majority of LEED submittal templates for the project credits and prerequisites. eco evolutions will coordinate the submission of the LEED application and serve as the primary contact for the USGBC during the certification.

 

sustainability strategy

eco evolutions will work with your organization to develop a sustainability strategy consisting of long and short-term goals and appropriate metrics to measure successes. We will meet with the relevant cross-sectional team members to conduct an initial assessment to identify the relevant areas and feasible action items. eco evolutions will develop a plan which includes goals, long and short-term action items, metrics to track (if relevant), and team members for the relevant sustainability impact areas.

 

carbon footprint/ ghg inventory

A greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory is a quantification of the greenhouse gas emissions you produce. GHG emissions are categorized into three scopes. Scope 1 emissions are onsite emissions, usually associated with onsite energy production, the burning of natural gas, or the use of vehicles. Scope 2 emissions are associated with purchased energy, usually electricity. Scope 3 emissions are a broad category that includes all other indirect emissions, such as employee commutes, waste, air travel, supply chain, and life cycle emissions of purchased goods. Reporting Scope 3 emissions is optional, but these emissions can be a large percentage of your footprint. Understanding your Scope 3 emissions is a crucial step towards corporate stewardship. Eco evolutions will work with your team to determine appropriate boundaries and baseline year, collect relevant information, conduct the required calculations, and prepare a GHG inventory for a baseline year, as well as subsequent years.

 
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