2014 IES Street and Area Lighting Conference
September 14-17, 2014 | Nashville, TN
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Sustainable Design vs. The Budget:
Can designers advocating sustainability and bean counters worried about budget constraints co-exist without driving each other crazy? “Yes,” said Denise Fong of Candela and Craig Kohring of MDA Engineering during a spirited discussion at the IES Annual Conference in Austin, TX.
So, to our original question, how can green design and budgets co-exist without driving each other crazy? The answer, of, course, is the C word, as in compromise. Kohring described the situation at the Toledo Zoo to illustrate his point. The initial estimate for a new zoo exhibit was $5.5 million and called for LEED Silver certification, daylight harvesting in all spaces and extensive use of LEDs. To accomplish this, however, the design budget estimate had to be nearly doubled to $10.2 million—too much for the owner to handle. The final result was a true compromise: The budget came in at $7.7 million, as private donations supplemented public money. LEED certification was not pursued (although the project would have met the criteria if registered). LEDs and daylight harvesting were limited to “impact areas” only, while the proposed wind turbines were eliminated.