The Next Generation of LEED Tracking


BIM + Project Management Software: The Next Generation of LEED Credit Tracking

Today, software solutions are being designed specifically to help construction firms track their LEED credits. These LEED-specific solutions can drive efficiencies in the accreditation process.

We typically see a 25-30% average in time saved when using Greengrade’s LEED Management Software, but often experience an even greater savings when working on larger projects.” – Ryan Ennis, LP Consulting Engineers

According to Mike Stuart, President of Greengrade, a 12 million dollar LEED project takes (on average) 400 hours of consulting work and LEED management services are typically billed at $100 per hour. So, with a 25 percent average time savings, a customer can shave $10,000 (100 hours saved x $100/hour) off an average project.

In addition to tracking and managing LEED credits, some construction firms are also using Building Information Modeling (BIM) to plan LEED credits. BIM is a building development tool that can create a multi-dimensional design of a facility that incorporates the quantity, location and type of materials (among other things) for a building design.

By using a combination of BIM and LEED project management software, construction firms can more accurately plan for LEED credits and document project progress. Here are five ways these technologies make it easier to achieve LEED certification.

BIM Helps Plan for LEED Credits

Although BIM is not a new technology, it’s becoming more relevant to LEED projects. BIM is useful during the design phase of a LEED project because it allows architects to add several layers of information to a 3-D model. For instance, a BIM model of a facility can show what percentage of building materials come from recycled content, and where materials were made. This is important to know because LEED credits (e.g., MR Credit 4.1) are awarded for using recycled and local materials.

The real work in LEED is during the design phase, not the construction phase. Construction is the easy part, it’s just about execution.” – Phil Williams, Vice President of Webcor

According to Williams, BIM models allow Webcor to predict which LEED credits each project will quality for. Williams says that this kind of predictive modeling was an important factor in helping 98 percent of Webcor’s projects achieve LEED status.

Manage LEED Projects from a Workbench

LEED credit submittals require a laundry list of documentation, such as drawings, photos, receipts, and product spec sheets. Amid all this documentation, it’s easy to lose sight of how close the project is to LEED certification. To help LEED project managers stay on track, vendors provide visual project overviews.

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Source: Greengrade

 In the screenshot above, users can monitor the number (and type) of credits planned for a particular project. Green indicates that the project team plans to obtain this credit while red indicates that the team will not. Yellow and orange indicate a “maybe”–yellow means “probably” and orange means “probably not.” This lets team members know where to focus their energy–and where they might be able to snag a few extra credits.

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(Excerpt of article by Software Advice. NOT AFFILIATED WITH LAMBOO)

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Incorporating Lamboo (LVB) Laminated Veneer Bamboo into projects can earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification under the following:

  • MR Credit 6 – Rapidly renewable materials
  • IEQ Credit 4.4 – Low-emitting materials
  • ID Credit 1 – Innovation in Design
    (Environmentally Preferable Material)
  • ID Credit 2 – Innovation in Design
    (Life Cycle Assessment / Environmental Impact)
  • FSC Certification – Available Upon Request

For questions regarding Lamboo or our products please visit our website
at www.lamboo.us or contact us at info@lamboo.us 866-966-2999

“MAKING INNOVATIVE THINKING A STANDARD” – Lamboo Incorporated
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USGBC launches Green Building Information Gateway


The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the launch of the Green Building Information Gateway. Coined GBIG, the web-based tool will accelerate market transformation by providing greater transparency and understanding of the green dimensions of the built environment.

Video Source: GBIG.org

GBIG provides a transparent view of places, projects, collections and credits, detailing the actions and activities of LEED building owners and project teams over time. The tool provides maps, analytics and insights that reveal trends, patterns and processes in green building practice.

GBIG seeks to use data-driven insights to create value and competitive advantage for high performing green building projects around the world, the green building council said.

“The launch of GBIG represents years of research, information gathering and testing, and has been a true labour of love,” said Chris Pyke, the council’s vice-president, research. “Green building has gone from an era of firsts, to a global movement, connected by data.”

Users can search and explore green building activity around the world, analyze trends and patterns in green building practice and discover connections between projects, people, products and services. Additional information is available at: GBIG.org.

The tool was launched at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in San Francisco.

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(Excerpt of article by Daily Commercial News. NOT AFFILIATED WITH LAMBOO)

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Incorporating Lamboo (LVB) Laminated Veneer Bamboo into projects can earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification under MR Credit 6 – Rapidly renewable materials, IEQ Credit 4.4 – Low-emitting materials; ID Credit 1 – Innovation in Design (Environmentally Preferable Material), and ID Credit 2 – Innovation in Design (Life Cycle Assessment / Environmental Impact). *Please refer to USGBC for information regarding project requirements.

  For questions regarding Lamboo, our products, or to schedule an interview please
visit our website at www.lamboo.us or contact us at info@lamboo.us 866-966-2999

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AEC Daily Continuing Education – Lamboo


AEC Daily is a developer of online education courses for the construction and architecture industries. It is an e-learning provider for architects, engineers, and other construction professionals and serves over 450 companies.

Founded in 2001, online education courses are the main field of AEC Daily. They provide over 300 courses with a focus on sustainable design. Most courses are free while there is a submission fee for courses like the virtual tour of the USGBC headquarters. AEC Daily won the highest award in education from the American Institute of Architects in 2009 and continue to attract the highest numbers of design professionals in the industry. AEC Daily has been recognized as the common denominator for education in the AEC industry.

Lamboo offers a course covering laminated veneer bamboo (LVB) use in structural and curtain wall applications. This course compares the structural and mechanical properties of common building materials and composites, and illustrates how LVB components can be fully integrated into structural or curtain wall designs and meet the requirements of today’s sustainable built environment. Additional courses for window & door and interior panels will be added in coming months.

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2012 Greenbuild Conference & Expo!


Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.

Thousands of building professionals from all over the world come together at Greenbuild for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars, and networking events.

Launched in 2002, Greenbuild is a great opportunity to build new relationships and connect with colleagues from throughout the industry and around the world.

The U.S. Green Building Council is hosting Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco from Nov. 14-16. This year will be focused on bringing technology and sustainability together in the global green movement.

U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council was established in 1993 and has grown to be a diverse group of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofits, teachers and students, lawmakers and citizens. Today there are 77 chapters, 13,000 member organizations and 181,000 LEED professionals strong that share the same vision of a sustainable built environment.

Green building is a win-win, offering both environmental and economic opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85 percent of future demand for energy in the United States and a commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million jobs.

The USGBC has facilitated the establishment of the most widely recognized and widely used green building program across the globe, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). LEED is certifying 1.6 million square feet of building space each day in more than 130 countries. LEED is a certification program for buildings, homes and communities that guides the design, construction, operations and maintenance. Today, nearly 50,000 projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 8.9 billion square feet of construction space.

Lamboo representatives will be attending the show this week to meet with industry leaders and all others interested in learning about the advantages Lamboo has over traditional building materials.

The following Lamboo partners will be showcasing Lamboo materials within their exhibit:

Solar Innovations, Inc.
Booth : 438S
(800) 618-0669
skylight@solarinnovations.com

NanaWall Systems, Inc.
Booth : 1127S
Travis Troen – (415) 383-3148 Ext. 229
travist@nanawall.com

C.T. Windows, Inc.

Booth : 2428S
Sunil Tarneja – (407) 857-9237
starneja@aatctw.net

Among their displays these companies will be showcasing products and components from the Lamboo® Vue™ line of Window & Doors as well as curtain wall and storefront applications from the Lamboo® Renewall™series.
  For questions regarding Lamboo, our products, or to schedule an interview please
visit our website at www.lamboo.us or contact us at info@lamboo.us 866-966-2999

“MAKING INNOVATIVE THINKING A STANDARD” – Lamboo Incorporated
Blog by: Dustin Dennison

Sustainable Materials for Curtain Wall Innovations


Lamboo Inc. has integrated the most sustainable natural resource, bamboo, into curtain wall members and storefront system components.

Lamboo’sRenewall series is ideal for both residential and commercial applications bringing warmth and longevity to each project while exceeding aluminum system’s performance through longer unsupported spans, higher fire rating, and thermal performance. Renewall™ systems can easily be integrated into innovative projects large and small while meeting Passive House Standards.

The Split Mullion Design allows for easy integration of Lamboo materials with aluminum coverings for many applications from storefronts, curtain walls, and conservatories. The coupling mullion pre-fabricated frames can be finished in the fabrication shop with base profiles, interior gaskets and glass supports. Installation on site, these frames are simply coupled, glazed, and finished with pressure profiles. Incorporating Lamboo® Renewall™ materials give systems unmatched qualities including aesthetics, thermal properties, and ease of integration while obtaining optimum variability within harsh and changing environments.

(Split Mullion technical data)

Lamboo, Inc. is leading the way of sustainable building materials and products by innovative industrialization of bamboo. As an ultra-renewable alternative to traditional materials Lamboo, LVB (Laminated Veneer Bamboo), features performance attributes far greater than other building materials such as timber, aluminum or fiber glass. Superior performance, rapid bamboo replenishment, and environmental benefits make Lamboo the ideal building material for project showcases worldwide.

 

  For questions regarding Lamboo, our products, or to schedule an interview please
visit our website at www.lamboo.us or contact us at info@lamboo.us 866-966-2999

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Implementation of Bamboo Wall Panels at the New KONE Center


Lamboo, Inc. is pleased to announce the implementation of its products at the new KONE center in Moline, IL. Designers chose to showcase natural materials, specifically the Lamboo® Design™ Series product, Tiger Strand panel. Contemporary design was accomplished with a natural look through the sleek and modern texture of a staggered installation. This particular Tiger Strand wall panel is the adaptation of an aesthetic pattern that accomplishes an innovative look to match the building’s other sustainable design features. “The Lamboo paneling in the lobby provides an aesthetic that you cannot find anywhere in the Quad Cities and this application reinforces the sustainable and cutting-edge image the remainder of the building showcases.” Said Bryce T. Henderson, KONE’s Chief Financial and Operating Officer.

Completed in late summer 2012, the new, mixed-use building will be a significant focal point of architecture in the Quad Cities. The KONE Centre is an eight-story, 121,000-square-feet commercial office and residential condominium building located within Moline’s Bass Street Landing. The functionally designed floor plates are approximately 15,000 square feet at each level. In his new role as Project Manager, Eric Abrams was responsible for estimating, and the coordination of the construction of the new KONE Center in Moline, IL. Commenting on the application of Lamboo Tiger Strand wall panels, Eric stated that “The Lamboo Tiger Strand panel was an excellent choice selected by the Design Architect on the project. The material was within our budget and aesthetically surpassed the expectations of the design team and property owner, it was a homerun product during our value engineering process. The team at Lamboo had excellent product knowledge and was able to assist the design team in selecting the perfect material for our wall panel application. The occupants of KONE Centre are welcomed by nearly 4,500 square-feet of the renewable material, and as the project manager, I could not be more pleased with Lamboo products.”

 

  For questions regarding Lamboo, Tiger Strand, or to schedule an interview please
visit our website at www.lamboo.us or contact us at info@lamboo.us 866-966-2999

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Pier 1 Imports selects high perfomance, sustainable bamboo.


Pier 1 Imports in a mission of promoting quality sustainable facilities has chosen Lamboo materials for refits and new construction of U.S. stores. Lamboo’s laminated veneer bamboo (LVB) will be incorporated into Pier 1 awning and door systems nationwide. With the highly renewable resource of bamboo, Pier 1 is staying environmentally responsible through the use of Lamboo products while ensuring that their stores will not only have long lasting stable systems, but will also stay aesthetically pleasing for their customers.

ImageOne Industries is utilizing the LAMBOO® ELEMENTS™ series in the Pier 1 awnings systems. These exterior grade components and panels feature proprietary manufacturing processes & bonding agents to resist moisture and last throughout harsh environments. These components are on average 20% more stable than hardwoods and up to 40% more stable than softwoods such as pine or douglas fir. Lamboo products attain all low V.O.C. guidelines by LEED (USGBC) and do not produce off-gassing in production or application.

Kolbe Windows & Doors is using material from the LAMBOO® VUE™ series to install long lasting durable door systems for Pier 1. Lamboo, Inc. as the leader in the technologies and manufacturing of performance based engineered bamboo, will be providing these components designed specifically for the window and door systems of Pier 1. Lamboo components have great thermal properties, strength, durability, and contain water resistant attributes that make it ideal for exterior applications.

At this time projects as far west as Alaska to as far east as Florida have already been completed with additional stores planned nationwide.

Lamboo is pleased to work with Pier 1 Imports as well as collaborating with other major retailers and companies that have initiatives to establish strong and environmentally friendly systems.

For questions regarding Lamboo, our products, or to schedule an interview please
visit our website at www.lamboo.us or contact us at info@lamboo.us 866-966-2999

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Success at ASLA 2012 in Phoenix!


The 2012 ASLA annual meeting & expo has came to a close, but the progress made there will last for years to come. At the show more than 375 companies showcased the latest innovative landscape products and projects many of which based on sustainable practices and renewable materials. Lamboo, Inc. was among the companies represented at the show in the Phoenix Convention Center which introduced us to many like minded architects and organizations in the field.

In addition to meeting architects and manufacturers there was great interest in integrating the ultra renewable resource of bamboo in various municipalities throughout the U.S. including New York City parks. It was apparent at the show that many designers and planners are searching for a sustainable alternative to traditional materials that can also perform exceptionally well in the elements but haven’t had much success until now. Many of these individuals had heard of bamboo’s potential but were unaware of it’s availability for their applications previously.

Showcased at the booth were structural beams fabricated by G.R. Plume, curtain wall members from Dover, handrails from Gerber, as well as a trash receptacle and bench from Landmark Studio & Design. Lamboo would just like the thank these partners again for their great work and commitment to sustainability.

For additional information about the 2012 ASLA show or Lamboo materials please contact us at 866-966-2999 or info@lamboo.us

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ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo 2012 in Phoenix


Lamboo representatives will be attending the 2012 ASLA annual meeting & expo in Phoenix September 28th – October 1st to showcase the Lamboo® Elements™ product line and answer any questions attendees may have.

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects is the national professional association representing landscape architects. Beginning with 11 original members, ASLA has grown to 15,428 members (as of December 31, 2011). ASLA promotes the profession and advances its practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. In addition, stewardship of the land has always served a central role in the mission of the ASLA and is an integral element of all outreach.

“The Society’s mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.”

The Lamboo® Elements™ series is composed of exterior grade laminated veneer bamboo (LVB) designed for exterior finish and landscape applications. The Elements™ series offers strength, rigidity, and is capable of replacing traditional hardwoods in nearly any application. Lamboo materials in comparison to engineered wood are 20% more stable in climate and temperature changes enabling our products to perform exceptionally in harsh environments and remain functional for much longer than traditional wood products.

Lamboo will be showcasing applications of the material in the landscape market by displaying a trash receptacle and park bench provided by Landmark Studio & Design. Landmark is a Midwest U.S. based company that provides high quality products for educational, residential, commercial, and hospitality markets including parks, resorts and marinas. In partnering with Lamboo, Landmark has made a commitment to sustainability by offering the ultra-renewable resource of Lamboo engineered bamboo within their product lines.

The Lamboo booth will be located at space #1277 near the main food court.

For additional information about Landmark products available with Lamboo materials please contact:

Chad Schaefer
National Sales Manager
(888) 839-3853 | Toll-Free Office
(262) 257-9301 | Direct Office
(262) 391-4552 | Mobile

chad@landmarkstudio.com

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Powering Sustainability with the World’s First Bamboo Tender Introducing the LAMBOO Tender R1


A few weeks ago Lamboo announced the design of the world’s first tender incorporating the rapidly renewable resource of bamboo, the Lamboo® Tender R1. With the Monaco Yacht Show 2012 less than two weeks away Lamboo is providing additional details on the design for individuals involved in the maritime industry and those who will be attending the show and would like to discuss the project further.

The Lamboo® Tender R1 is a revolutionary design from Sigmund Yacht Design, a leading yacht and tender design firm which has chosen Lamboo materials not only for the sustainable attributes of bamboo but for its superior performance over traditional forms of hardwood. Also included in the design is a Steyr hybrid turbo diesel engine as well as state of the art navigation, electrical, and LED lighting systems.

“This showcase is a key example of both companies’ commitment to integration of environmentally responsible methods matched with innovative engineering of performance materials into the nautical market” said Luke Schuette, Lamboo Founder/CEO.

The construction of the R1 is being carried out by Cockwells, a pioneer within yacht and tender fabrication specializing in advanced engineering and modern construction techniques.

Executives from all three companies will be in attendance at the 2012 Monaco show and will be available for discussion on the R1 and the integration of sustainable bamboo materials within the maritime industry.

(Read full release on PRWeb)

For questions regarding Lamboo, our products, or to schedule an interview please
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