Sustainable Sites Credits:
- The mine-scarred site of Annapolis Junction Business Park was remediated by Konterra Limited Partnership in order to rehabilitate the damaged site. The site was developed for office use and restoration of wetlands. The rehabilitation greatly improved the property, which was suffering from environmental contamination caused by prior mining activity.
Alternative Transportation – Public Transportation Access
- 8193 Dorsey Run Road is located within ½ mile walking distance to the Savage MARC Station.
Alternative Transportation – Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
- To promote heart healthy and environmentally conscious methods of commuting, such as biking, 8193 Dorsey Run Road has been outfitted with 16 bicycle storage racks and 4 shower facilities.
Alternative Transportation – Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
- Preferred parking spaces have been designated for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles. Automobiles contribute significantly to climate change and lower air quality through the emission of greenhouse gases and pollutants. Low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles help to minimize these negative environmental effects.
Site Development – Protect/Restore Habitat
- 8193 Dorsey Run Road was built on a previously graded site. To minimize the environmental impact to the site and surrounding land, the ownership has restored and protected more than 50% of the total site (excluding the building footprint).
Stormwater Design – Quality Control
- Protecting the natural waterways in Anne Arundel County and beyond is critical to the health of the ecological system. To do our part, a stormwater management plan has been implemented to limit disruption and pollution of natural waterflows to include a stormwater management pond and bioretention areas. At least 80% of the total suspended solids are treated through these methods.
Heat Island Effect – Roof
- 8193 Dorsey Run Road has a roof designed with materials which have a lower solar reflectance index of 78 covering more than 75% of the roof area. By using these materials, the heat island impact is minimized.
Light Pollution Reduction
- To reduce the impact that lighting can have on the natural environment surrounding the building, the interior, nonemergency lights that have a direct line of site to any openings in the building have been reduced by at least 50% between 11pm and 5am. Additionally, the exterior lighting has been designed so that the luminaries do not extend outside of the site boundary.
Tenant Design and Construction Guidelines
- 8193 Dorsey Run Road was designed and built to achieve LEED Gold Certification from the USGBC. The building’s ownership has developed design and construction guidelines to be provided to each tenant to help tenants design and build their individual spaces in a sustainable fashion. Included in the design and construction guidelines are description of the sustainable features incorporated into the base building, as well as the project’s goals and objectives. The guidelines should serve as a starting point for tenants as they adopt green building practices.
Water Efficiency Credits:
Water Use Reduction – 40%
- 8193 Dorsey Run Road has achieved more than a 40% reduction in water usage as compared to a typical office building. This reduction can be attributed to the use of pressure assisted water closets, waterless urinals, metered faucets and low-flow showers.
Water Efficient Landscaping
- The landscaping around 8193 Dorsey Run Road is not only aesthetically pleasing, but water efficient. The landscaping has been designed to incorporate a combination of native species and drought-resistant plants that can thrive without irrigation systems. By making sustainable choices in the landscaping design, local and regional water resources are being conserved.
Energy and Atmosphere Credits:
Enhanced Commissioning of Building Systems
- To ensure the building’s facilities were designed and constructed, and now operate as intended, an enhanced commissioning process was established. The commissioning authority reviewed the design documents, provided design reviews, reviewed contractor submittals, developed systems manuals, provided training reviews and reviewed the building operations with building staff after substantial completion. These activities minimize the negative impacts buildings can have by ensuring that the facilities are performing as they were intended.
Measurement and Verification – Tenant Submetering
- A centrally monitored electronic metering network was included in the base building design that is capable of being expanded to accommodate tenant sub-metering. The goal of submetering is to give tenants an incentive to save energy. Even minimal energy savings become substantial over the long term life of a building!
- At least 35% of the base building’s electricity comes from renewable sources. Green electricity reduces air pollution by relying on renewable energy sources.
Materials and Resources Credits:
Storage and Collection of Recyclables
- Recycling collection bins are provided to each tenant and are conveniently located within the tenant spaces. A 96 gallon recycling container is located in the dumpster enclosure in the parking lot to provide storage space for recycling. Recycling of paper, cardboard, glass, metal and plastic is facilitated at 8193 Dorsey Run Road.
Construction Waste Management
- During construction, a construction waste management plan was implemented to recycle or salvage non-hazardous construction debris. More than 75% of the construction waste generated was recycled.
- More than 20% of the building materials used contained recycled content.
- To minimize the environmental impacts associated with the transportation of building materials, 8193 Dorsey Run Road used materials and products that were extracted, harvested, recovered or manufactured within 500 miles of the building site. More than 20% of the total materials used in the building’s construction were procured within that 500 mile radius.
- A minimum of 50% of wood based materials and products used in the construction of 8193 Dorsey Run Road are certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council’s principles and criteria. By using FSC certified materials, we are encouraging environmentally responsible forest management.
Indoor Environmental Quality Credits:
- The ventilation system at 8193 Dorsey Run Road was designed to promote occupant comfort and well-being. Carbon dioxide (CO2) monitors have been located within all densely occupied spaces, such as conference rooms. The sensors have been programmed to generate an alarm when conditions vary by more than 10% from the design value.
Indoor Air Quality Plan
- A comprehensive indoor air quality management plan was designed and implemented during construction to promote the comfort and well-being of the construction workers and building occupants.
- The finish materials used throughout the building were thoughtfully selected during the design process to reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating or harmful to the comfort and well-being of the installers and occupants. The design focused on low-emitting adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring, composite wood, agrifiber, ceiling and wall systems. By carefully selecting these low-emitting materials, occupant well-being is positively impacted which directly correlates to an increase in productivity.
Innovation and Design Process Credits:
Innovation in Design: Green Cleaning
- A comprehensive green housekeeping program has been developed and implemented at 8193 Dorsey Run Road. (Specifics to be added upon substantial completion of building.)
Innovation in Design: Green Education
- A comprehensive education program has been designed and implemented to provide building occupants with information on the sustainable features of the building. Both a signage program and an educational outreach program have been developed. The more information a building occupant has about the sustainable building features, the better.
Innovation in Design: Integrated Pest Management
- A comprehensive integrated pest management control program has been implemented. The goal of this program is to eliminate or mitigate the economic, health and aesthetic damage caused by pests and to reduce the volume of pesticides used on the property so as to minimize potential hazards. The property management will enforce all of the requirements of the program through training and contractual language with qualified contractors.