Sustainability Department Updates

As a member of the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC), Karpinski Engineering believes in designing systems which promote and implement sustainability. We have a Sustainability Department comprised of 13 energy modelers, LEED administrators, and commissioning professionals, and 17 of our employees are LEED-accredited professionals.

Additionally, we provided design for 60
buildings that are LEED-certified or registered for certification, including the following recently certified projects:

Cleveland Clinic Pathology& Laboratory Medicine Institute – Cleveland, Ohio – LEED-Gold
Cleveland State University Julka Hall College of Education and Human Services – Cleveland, Ohio – LEED-Gold
Calfee Building – Cleveland, Ohio – LEED-Gold
Cuyahoga County Public Library – Warrensville Heights, Ohio Branch – LEED-Silver
3Rivers Federal Credit Union – Fort Wayne and West Jefferson, Indiana Branches – LEED-Silver

As the list of Karpinski Engineering’s sustainable projects continues to grow, our sustainability department strives to continually utilize and adhere to the latest technology and standards in sustainable design. We have added the DesignBuilder program to our energy modeling software – which already includes eQUEST and Carrier HAP programs – for its advanced building envelope analysis capabilities.

On the horizon is an update of the LEED 2009 rating system. Drafts of the update reveal that LEED v4 raises expectations for sustainable design, with a greater emphasis on how a building will impact both the environment and its local community. LEED v4 will also focus on integrated design collaboration, utilizing local resources and infrastructure, water-use efficiency (including prerequisites for water use inside and outside of the building and increased requirements for rainwater reuse), and reducing light pollution. Reducing contributions to global climate change is the USGBC’s highest priority. More ratings systems and guidance for market sectors – such as data centers, warehouse and distribution facilities, hospitality facilities, and existing schools and retail spaces – will be included in the update as well.

While balloting for the update is scheduled for June
2013, KE is already preparing for v4, familiarizing the sustainability department with drafts and planning educational presentations for the following updated guidelines:

ASHRAE 90.1-2010 Energy Standard for Buildings
ASHRAE 189.1-2011 Standard for Design of High-Performance Green Buildings
ASHRAE 62.1-2010 Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality

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