Total points possible in “innovation and design process” category: 5
Points earned: 4
Credits 1.1-1.3: Innovation in Design (3 points earned)
The intent of this prerequisite is to to provide design teams and projects the opportunity to be awarded points for exceptional performance above the requirements set by the LEED Green Building Rating System and/or innovative performance in Green Building categories not specifically addressed by the LEED Green Building Rating System.
Rieth Village earned points for this because many aspects of the building’s design surpass or exceed basic requirements for LEED certification. In our case, 1 point was earned because of the the “Green Building Education” aspects of our design process, including the series of seminars to educate the public, and the educational kiosk that sits in front of the building for visitors to learn about green design,
A second point was earned for Innovation and Design because the amount of renewable energy produced at Rieth Village far surpasses maximum requirements for points. Due to a combination of our wind energy and solar energy production, Rieth Village produces 41% of its energy needs in a year, while the maximum requirement for points in this category is only 15%.
A third point was earned in this category because to help cover the 59% of energy that comes from the grid, Rieth Village chooses to buy twice as much green power as is required for LEED certification.
Credit 2.1: LEED accredited professional (1 point earned)
The intent of this credit is to support and encourage the design integration required by a LEED Green Building project and to streamline the application and certification process.
The Rieth Village project was able to earn this point because both architect Mike McKay and landscape architect Alan Chalifoux became LEED accredited professionals (LEED AP) during the course of the project.