LEED=Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGB) created LEED to measure and define what green building meant, and to provide a roadmap for developing sustainable buildings. With LEED, we established a baseline—a universally agreed upon holistic system for reducing environmental impact.
Summit Credit Union Headquarters achieved LEED silver certiﬁcation for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas including sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy eﬃciency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. Green buildings allow companies to operate more sustainably and give the people inside them a healthier, more comfortable space to work.
Buildings are responsible for an enormous amount of global energy use, resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and have a signiﬁcant impact on our personal health and well-being. Green buildings allow us to live and work more sustainably– in your health, the air you breathe, the water you drink. They oﬀer us a better quality of life, while also lowering global carbon emissions, reducing electricity and water bills, and creating new green jobs.
"Strang led us through every step in the LEED certification process. They helped us understand each of the LEED credits, which allowed us to quickly determine which credits we wanted to pursue and which ones required more investigation. Overall, Strang made the entire LEED application very simple for us to complete."
Jeremy Eppler, VP - Risk Management & Facilities, Summit Credit Union
We at Strang are pleased that Summit Credit Union Headquarters earned LEED certification. Sustainable design is a strong component of Strang’s work. We have been guiding clients toward incorporating the most sustainable building materials and practices well before the LEED process was initiated. Through integrated sustainable design, we can maximize the quality of the building, the environment it creates, minimize impact to the natural environment, and create added value for our clients.
“Summit Credit Union truly showed a dedication to sustainability in the design and construction of their Headquarters building. Starting with their conscientious decision to build on land that would not create a negative environmental impact, they further showcased their sustainable site by offering electric vehicle charging stations and plenty of bike storage to encourage alternate transportation. Through thoughtful design, the building was able to achieve a 32% cost savings in energy use plus a 35% decrease in potable water consumption. A thorough building commissioning process was also executed to ensure energy-consuming systems are operating to their optimal levels. Strict recycling and waste management guidelines mitigated the impact on the environment while careful selection of building materials and ongoing operational procedures place importance on occupant health.”