Often times we talk about LEED certified buildings here at Window Products Management (WPM) and how window coverings and treatments are one of many factors that can go into helping a building gain its LEED certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It’s a certification that recognizes buildings that work towards being sustainable in a variety of different areas. A LEED certification is a private, third party certification that has become the standard for evaluating green building design. Often during the design process, both sustainable design and intelligent building design with the newest technology go hand in hand. But how does WPM factor into this world of LEED certification and work with our clients interested in pursuing such a certification?
The first thing to understand about LEED certification is that there are many different levels of certification and areas in which you can receive certification. To break it down, there are four different levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. These different certification levels are associated with how much work has been done under one of the five project types in order to improve upon environmental sustainability. The five different project types are as follows:
- Building Design and Construction
- Interior Design and Construction
- Building Operations and Maintenance
- Neighborhood Development
The work that we do at WPM would typically fall into one of two categories: building design and construction or interior design and construction. You may not typically think of window coverings as helping to make a building green and sustainable, but in fact, it can do quite a bit for the environment.
For a building design to be aesthetically pleasing, windows are a must, and many individuals love large windows. Take our case study at the Hilliard Bruce Winery in Lompoc, California. Because of the beautiful region, the building was designed with large windows that are two stories tall and allow in a lot of light. With light comes heat and glare that can quite easily make it much harder for an HVAC system to keep a space cool. Think of a building like this a little bit like the Earth. The Earth is surrounded by the atmosphere and when rays of light enter it, the energy that comes with them is unable to easily leave. Buildings are much the same way; when sunlight enters the building through the glass, the heat that comes with it struggles to exit. WPM provided solutions in the form of large, motorized shades that are able to reflect the sun’s rays back out the glass without reducing the quality of the natural light. This adds to the thermal efficiency of the building, and was one of many pieces that came together to make Hilliard Bruce Winery Santa Barbara County’s first LEED Certified winery. If you’re interested in learning more about this particular project, check out the specific case study or call us!
We pride ourselves in being able to meet any of our client’s needs, whether it’s aesthetic, energy efficiency, safety, or all of the previous. We love a challenge and we’d love to know how we can help you with your window treatment needs. Contact us today for a consultation with our window treatment experts.