Exxel Pacific is dedicated to sustainability through building design and construction practices, as well as embracing it as a corporate culture. At the corporate level, we are committed to recycling programs, smart energy use, and a detailed LEED education policy that enforces our commitment by paying for necessary employee training and education with a goal of all entering Project Engineers achieving LEED accreditations. We have constructed numerous projects utilizing several sustainable programs including LEED, Built Green and Evergreen Sustainable Development Standards.
Exxel Pacific is committed to meeting and exceeding Sustainability Goals set for its projects. We believe strongly in early engagement in the process. This means participation in early sustainability team meetings with the LEED Consultant, Owner and Architect and then detailed review of the goals that have been established to achieve LEED accreditation and certification level targets.
Exxel has constructed numerous “Green” buildings following the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Standards, including Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum level certified buildings.
One of the first things that needs to be done, is to complete a LEED Project Checklist and see which points the project can attain based on location and building features that are already a part of the design. Once this evaluation has been performed one can decide how close you are to the level desired and analyze what other points are achievable with the least amount of cost. It may be that the project can easily achieve the “Silver” level with little to no additional construction cost and then studies can be done to see what is needed to reach higher levels. The LEED Consultant would do the initial Checklist analysis and lead the process to evaluate the cost needed to reach the desired certification.
Exxel’s Team is committed to providing thorough project analysis and cost review throughout pre-construction to maximize LEED points and the highest level of certification as desired. During construction we have dedicated and LEED trained staff whose expertise assures the process is done properly and provides all necessary documentation to meet the LEED points required. Please visit https://www.usgbc.org for more information.
Many of the projects we have constructed and that are currently in progress also meet the “Built Green” certification program. Built Green projects are designed to provide owners with comfortable, durable, environmentally friendly buildings that are cost-effective to own and operate, providing years of healthy, quality living while protecting the environment.
Construction methods used to achieve “Built Green” points have become much more common with the use of “energy star” appliances, recycled construction materials, proper waste disposal and best management practices for erosion control. This approach, depending on the star rating level desired, typically can be achieved with little to no cost impact to the project. Please visit http://www.builtgreen.net for more information.
EVERGREEN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STANDARD (ESDS)
EVERGREEN Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS) is a green building performance standard required of all affordable housing projects, with the goal of improving the economics of managing affordable housing, promoting environmental quality and enhancing the quality of life for residents. ESDS contains criteria that safeguard health and safety, increase durability, promote sustainable living, preserve the environment, and increase energy and water efficiency. Please visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/housing/housing-trust-fund/housing-trust-fund-evergreen-sustainable-development for more information.
Exxel Pacific is involved in the Salmon-Safe accreditation program, to help keep our urban and agricultural watersheds clean enough for native salmon to spawn and thrive. Their primary goal is to “engage contractors in consistently applying best construction site management practices to achieve a zero sediment runoff goal everywhere they work”.
To qualify for the Salmon-Safe certification, a project must incorporate plants that filter contaminants while including construction elements for storm water detention. Such as including green roofs atop the project and on its ground-floor awnings, partnering with roof drainage to direct storm water to be treated in vegetated bio-retention planters, or collecting rain from the roof to empty into street-side planters.
To earn the official stamp of approval, projects must pass an interdisciplinary team of scientists comprised of stormwater management experts from the University of Washington, Washington State University and Mithun and Coho Environmental. Please visit https://www.salmonsafe.org for more information.
Exxel Pacific believes strongly is supporting the communities we live and work in. We understand that this includes the support of programs that target employment of disadvantaged individuals and businesses.