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Sustainable Design

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First LEED Gold Building in the City of Dayton

Winner of the 2009 Dayton Builder’s Exchange Green Building Award

Winner of the 2010 AIA Dayton Focus on Design Merit Award for Sustainable Design

Why choose TAG as your Sustainable Designer?
The Architectural Group, Inc. (TAG) has made a firm commitment to integrating sustainable concepts into all of our designs, customizing them per the unique needs and situations presented by each client and project type. We feel that it is our responsibility as architects to guide our clients in ways that help safeguard our environment and conserve our natural resources. We strive to create spaces that are more comfortable for the building occupants and are therefore more valuable to the building owner. Optimized energy efficiencies and the use of low maintenance materials also lead to lower building operating costs. We have integrated sustainable concepts into our corporate culture by maintaining a recycling program, designing energy efficient building envelopes, and researching rapidly renewable resources for building materials. TAG has been members of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2002. We encourage all of our staff to study the principals presented in the LEED Green Building Rating System and three of our staff are LEED Accredited Professionals. We are proud to have led the design team that created the first LEED Gold Certified project in the City of Dayton, Ohio at 711 E. Monument Ave in “Tech Town”.

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Who is the U.S. Green Building Council?
(Answer courtesy of Wikipedia) The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), co-founded by David Gottfried and Rick Fedrizzi in 1993, is a non-profit trade organization that promotes sustainability in how buildings are designed, built, and operated. USGBC is best known for the development of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems and Greenbuild, a green building conference and expo that promotes the green building industry, including environmentally responsible materials, sustainable architecture techniques and public policy.

What is LEED?
USGBC established benchmarks for the LEED Green Building Rating System in 2000. LEED is a framework for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals. LEED rating systems are currently available for new construction, existing buildings, commercial interiors, core and shell, schools, retail and homes. Rating systems are in pilot or under development for neighborhood developments and health care. Certification is generally voluntary, but required or under consideration as a requirement for certain buildings in many U.S. localities. Learn about certifying projects in the LEED Rating Systems™ and how each Rating System is tailored to encourage and accelerate global adoption of sustainable green building, operations, and neighborhood development practices.

Who is the Green Building Certification Institute?
The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) is an independent, third-party organization committed to ensuring precision in the design, development, and implementation of the processes used to increase and measure green building performance (certification) and green building practice (credentialing). Established in 2008 to administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating Systems™, GBCI offers the marketplace the highest-level validation that LEED building certifications and LEED professional credentials have met specific, rigorous criteria.

When should we consider LEED for our project?
(Answer courtesy of the Green Building Certification Institute) Sustainable building strategies should be considered early in the development cycle. An integrated project team will include the major project stakeholders such as the developer/owner, architect, engineer, landscape architect, contractor, and asset and property management staff. Implementing an integrated, systems-oriented approach to green project design, development, and operations can yield synergies and improve the overall performance of a building. An initial LEED assessment will bring the project team together to evaluate and articulate the project's goals and the level of certification sought. Project teams can utilize the resources listed below to identify suitable strategies to achieve desired certification goals.

Why should we choose a firm with LEED Accredited Professionals for our project?
(Answer courtesy of the Green Building Certification Institute) LEED Professional Credentials demonstrate current knowledge of green building technologies, best practices, and the rapidly evolving LEED Rating Systems. They show differentiation in a growing and competitive industry, and they allow for varied levels of specialization. A LEED Professional Credential provides employers, policymakers, and other stakeholders with assurances of an individual’s level of competence and is the mark of the most qualified, educated, and influential green building professionals in the marketplace.

Green Building and Human Experience:
A June 2010 research program whitepaper about how sustainable design can positively affect those within the built environment.

LEED Project Directory: Look up other registered and certified LEED Projects in your area.

Case Studies of Projects that have “gone green” (Project Profiles courtesy of the USGBC)

What is the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo?
The annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo was launched in 2002 as the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. If designing, building, living and working in green buildings is important to you, you're in good company. Greenbuild is a great opportunity to build new relationships and connect with your colleagues from throughout the industry and around the world. Join thousands of other people who agree that green building is a good idea and good for business. Greenbuild features three days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city's green buildings. Don't miss your chance to be part of Greenbuild. This event sells out every year. From the moment the program begins, one can feel the excitement in the air.
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