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“LEED® provides building owners a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions; it’s a natural fit with Dubuque’s Sustainability Initiative.

 

Using an existing structure is one of the most sustainable choices for large-scale projects. Restoring historic buildings strengthens the existing urban fabric which is important to the social cultural identity of Dubuque. The Roshek Redevelopment is a perfect example of history and sustainability coming together as one.”

—The Honorable Roy D. Buol

City of Dubuque

Sustainable Sites

Indoor Air Quality

12%

of all potable water—almost 15 trillion gallons per year—is consumed by residential and commercial buildings.

Innovation to Operations

Energy & Atmosphere

Materials & Resources

Water Efficiency

Locations & Linkages

Awareness & Education

Sustainable Sites

To Reward Environmentally sensitive building design and construction, thereby enabling high-performance building operations to be achieved more easily.

The decision to use an existing structure, rather than build new, is one of the most sustainable choices that can be made on a large-scale project.

Innovation to Operations

To provide design teams and projects the opportunity to be awarded points for exceptional performance above the requirements se4t by the USBGC® and LEED®.

An Independent, outside consultant has noted that the Integrated Management Team for a project of this magnitude is exceedingly rare. Extending sustainability beyond the building design and construction process to developing a sustainable culture is something of which most cities only dream. This project team has managed to accomplish both. Combining LEED principles with restoring historic buildings strengthens the existing urban fabric which is important to a city’s social and cultural identity.

Materials & Resources

To reduce the environmental impacts of materials acquired for use in operations, maintenance, and upgrades buildings.

1. Restored Clay Tile Roofing 2. Restored plaster wall surfaces 3. Restored hand rails 4. Restored hardwood flooring 5. Restored Canopy 6. Restored terrazzo flooring. Recycled items included scrap metal, wood, concrete ceramic plumbing fixtures, ceiling tiles & grid, cardboard light bulbs & ballasts, carpet. Reused items included electrical conduit, furniture, doors, railings, trim, molding windows, flooring. Restored items included flooring, terrazzo, plaster wall & ceiling surfaces, marble wall and bronze elevators in historic elevator lobbies.

Locations & Linkages

To build or renovate buildings near already-existing infrastructure, community resources, and public transit.

Another highly sustainable aspect of the project is the building’s urban location. The Roshek Building is in the heart of our revitalized downtown area, within walking distance. Restoring a historic building in a downtown area leverages the existing infrastructure, pedestrian walkways, public transit, street grid and parking.

Indoor Air Quality

To establish indoor air quality (IAQ) performance, thus contributing to the health and well-being of the occupants.

1. & 2. Companies that make the move to green buildings have employees with lower turnover rates, fewer sick days, and higher productivity. Studies show that employees are actually far more productive in an office space that permits awareness of outside conditions. All of IBM’s floors have open office space that harvests natural light, and fresh air is circulated throughout the entire building as part of the energy-efficient mechanical system.

Energy & Atmosphere

To promote energy-efficient operating strategies to reduce environmental and economic impact associated with excessive energy use.

1. Energy-efficient mechanical system 2. Reflective roof 3. & 4. Motion-censored and timed lighting throughout the building in offices, restrooms, and public access spaces 5. Re-created awnings. (Window awnings can reduce solar heat gain in the summer by up to 65% on south facing windows and 77% on west-facing) 6. Airlock vestibules regulate outdoor to indoor temperatures, saving on heat and air conditioning.

Water Efficiency

To maximize water efficiency within buildings, and to reduce the burden on municipal water supplies and wastewater systems.

All restrooms are equipped with optimizing water-flow faucets and water-saving dual-function toilet handles. In order for the latter system to work, we need your help. Refer to restroom signage and do your part in saving this precious resource.

 

Awareness & Education

To build awareness as to the sustainable practices incorporated into the building and how to best make the most of those features.

Sustainable practices can be incorporated just about everywhere. By seeing some of the sustainable features in this building through our interactive dashboard 1. Education displays 2. & 3. And our interior signage and planned building (and then city-wide) walking tours, hopefully city leaders outside Dubuque, builders, and homeowners will follow the LEED.

 

Points are given in each category with different levels of certification available.

WHAT IS LEED?

In the United States and in a number of other countries around the world, LEED® certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving LEED® certification is the best way for you to demonstrate that your building project is truly "green."

 

The LEED® green building rating system - developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C. based, non-profit coalition of building industry leaders - is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being.

 

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC®), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. It encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices, and recognizes building projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. LEED® is an internationally recognized green building certification system,  providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

 

LEED® and the related logo is a trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council® and is used with permission.