LEED

What is LEED?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Impact Architecture offers architectural and consulting services with a proven expertise in green design and LEED Certification processes, providing greater value for clients and enhanced design and construction. Based in Farmingdale, New York, our firm possesses unsurpassed expertise in professional guidance and consultation in choosing materials, coordinating construction practices and providing documentation for LEED Certification. Impact Architecture’s staff includes two licensed architects, registered with the state of New York, as well as being LEED Accredited professionals with experience in building design and construction & commercial interiors (BD+C & CI) LEED Certification.

Why LEED?

LEED certification means healthier, more productive places, reduced stress on the environment by encouraging energy and resource-efficient buildings, and savings from increased building value, higher lease rates and decreased utility costs. In fact, 88 of the Fortune 100 companies are already using LEED.

The LEED plaque on a building is a mark of quality and achievement in green building.

Leaders across the globe have made LEED the most widely used green building rating system in the world, with 1.85 million square feet of construction space certifying every day. LEED certification provides independent verification of a building or neighborhood’s green features, allowing for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy, cost-effective buildings. LEED is the triple bottom line in action, benefiting people, planet and profit.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system is a tool used to measure the merits of green or sustainable construction practices and uses of buildings. Not only does green design make a positive impact on public and environmental health, but it can also reduce operating costs and increase occupant productivity by providing a healthier work environment. Energy conservation is the most popularly used green building objective, followed by recycling, water conservation and the use of Energy Star products.

OUR LEED PROJECTS

Forchelli Law Firm

Impact Architecture was the LEED project administrator and consultant for the Forchelli Law Firm in Uniondale, which achieved Silver Certification for Commercial Interiors in September 2010. It was also the first commercial interior to achieve LEED certification in Nassau County. Moreover, the space was awarded the Long Island Business News Award for Commercial Lease Negotiations for negotiating the costs and construction of a LEED certified space.

Partner Laura Coletti’s involvement with the project began with the lease negotiations for the space between RXR (the building owner), the contractor, and the law firm. She worked by assisting and advising Mr. Brian Sahn of the Forchelli Law Firm in the requirements of the build-out of the space, in order to achieve LEED certification.

As project administrator, Impact Architecture was involved with the initial design and material selection, as well as working with the entire team. This included Innersite, the interior design firm, RXR, the G.C., Apollo Engineering, the HVAC contractor and bringing in a commissioning agent to perform the commissioning of the project. Some of the design changes brought about by the initial design charrettes included redesigning the temperature controls, as well as the ventilation of the space.

The lighting design and fixture selection was also performed by Impact Architecture to achieve the required energy efficiency level for LEED certification. Impact Architecture coordinated the LEED project team, assigning credit responsibilities, overseeing all documentation, and uploading for review.

TD Bank

Impact Architecture represents various contractors as the LEED consultant to the contractor for TD Bank, helping the bank in their unsurpassed commitment to reducing their carbon footprint of all of their new branches. As a result, we are currently working on several LEED registered TD Banks on Long Island and in New York City.
Ms. Coletti was involved in the initial implementation of TD Bank’s goal of 90% or better of all new buildings and interiors to achieve LEED Certification. The first LEED Certified building for TD Bank was the TD Bank on Broadhollow Road and Main Street in Farmingdale, where the company’s typical prototype building was modified to achieve LEED Gold Certification. This included education of the construction team, as well as a presentation to the TD Bank staff of the tri-state area regarding the processes and benefits of LEED at their corporate offices.
Ms. Coletti worked as the LEED Consultant for the TD Bank flagship building in Queens Village, achieving LEED Platinum Certification in 2009. She has also been involved as the LEED Consultant in the certification of over twenty TD Banks since 2009

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