Buildings can consume precious natural resources and produce waste and greenhouse gases. Green buildings create huge efficiencies in heating, cooling, and lighting. Plus, they can earn tax credits and public appreciation. Green initiatives are good for the Earth and good for the bottom line.
We are at the leading edge of creating Earth-friendly structures that minimize consumption and waste. We have more than two dozen LEED Accredited Professionals and Green Associates on staff. Lindsey Lijana, LEED® Green Associate and active member of USGBC, trains architects, engineers, and building professionals on the newest LEED standard, Version 4.0. W.M. Jordan Company built the first LEED Version 4.0 project in Virginia, a medical office building for Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, with LEED Silver.
Lindsey chairs our in-house Green Advisory Board. This group works with individual project teams to identify and implement recognized green initiatives. They provide expert advice and assistance, such as writing the LEED Implementation Plan for the NASA Measurement Systems Lab project.
“We love to partner with clients that embrace a sustainable philosophy and LEED certification,” Lindsey said. “Some of our customers, such as James Madison University and Virginia Tech, mandate LEED certification on all of their new buildings. We’re here to help them achieve their goal.”
USGBC LEED is the most widely recognized independent green building certification program, but it is not the only one. The federal government mandates projects be designed to LEED standards, but may not always pursue certification. The Commonwealth of Virginia uses the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) to build sustainable design features and green construction techniques directly into its building codes. Working together with owners and architects, we are often able to exceed the goals established for a project. The Dewey Gottwald Center at the Science Museum of Virginia was seeking LEED Silver certification, but the team was able to obtain enough credits to meet LEED Gold.
W.M. Jordan Company has completed 50 LEED certified projects and has dozens more in progress. We recycle construction waste on most projects, whether it is required or not, and recycle in all of our offices, as well. Our Richmond Office Building is LEED Gold certified, and stands as a testament to our commitment to green building.