DW-GREEN Associates, whose principal is Dick Williams, LEED AP BD+C, is a hands-on green building consulting firm that provides technical support to Owners/Clients in the strategic planning, design and construction of high-performance buildings of all types and in major renovations of existing buildings.
We work to add an entire catalog of sustainable building strategies into the integrative design and construction of our projects, as budgets allow. We are professionally versed in the various green building ratings systems: LEED; the new Baltimore City International Green Construction Code (IgCC), based on the 2012 International Green Construction Code, with amendments; and The Living Building Challenge 3.0 (LBC).
Our typical role for projects targeted for LEED, IgCC or LBC certification is to serve as project administrator/coordinator, to include reviewing documentation provided by team members for accuracy and consistency across rating system requirements and electives. This role includes the responsibility for obtaining the:
- sought-after level of LEED certification from the Green Business Certification Institute (GBCI – a U.S. Green Building Council affiliate);
- targeted number of Green Stars from BCG; or,
- Living Building, Petal or Net Zero Energy Bulding Certified from LBC.
We also research, write and document selected requirements and electives for the certification effort of the selected rating system. And, we can provide support for the U.S. EPA’s Commercial Building Design program for ENERGY STAR certification.
For new construction or major renovation projects we typically recommend the several LEED ratings systems: New Construction & Major Renovation; Schools New Construction & Major Renovation; Commercial Interiors; and, Core & Shell. Core & Shell is applicable to speculative buildings less than 50% Owner-occupied as to the building’s leasable square footage.
The Living Building Challenge is considered by many to be at the leading edge of voluntary green building standards anywhere, emphasizing self-sufficiency, actual (rather than modeled), post-occupancy project performance, and a symbiotic closeness with the natural environment through regenerative design. Four construction typologies inform the LBC certification program: New Building; Renovation; Landscape; Infrastructure; and, Community.
While specializing in buildings to-be-built, we are also qualified to help Owners navigate through the rigors leading to higher performance of existing buildings. In these instances, we typically recommend and use the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system, but also work with other programs such as the U.S. EPA’s Portfolio Manager.
DW-GREEN’s principal is also knowledgeable in historic buildings and the issues pertinent to major rehabilitation and green building certification ratings. Mr. Williams holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.
Our 160th blog post about sustainable buildings and broader environmental issues was published early May 2016.
We work with other green building professionals to help achieve the team goal of providing the highest level of comprehensive sustainable building design, construction and renovation consulting to Owners.