LEED Certification Program Creates Foundation for Green Building

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CEEPCO Consulting in Maryland provides design-build technical support and services through a team of licensed professional engineers, planners, and experienced environmental scientists. CEEPCO belongs to the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and maintains a dedication to helping companies meet certifications for USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

The most widely used green building rating system in the world, LEED outlines the basic requirements for creating healthy, efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. Virtually all building, home, and community projects can participate in the program, and the certification is recognized across the globe as a symbol of sustainability. LEED offers four certification levels: basic, silver, gold, and platinum. Candidate projects become certified by earning points in several categories, and their total point value determines the level achieved, with at least 40 points required for basic certification. The program also tailors rating systems to the needs of each project type.

Current certification rating systems utilize LEED v4, the newest version of the program, launched by the USGBC in 2013. LEED v4 improved on previous versions through a greater focus on materials used in construction and using a performance-based approach to indoor environmental quality. It also implements an efficiency-first stance on water conservation.


What Is Green Building?

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CEEPCO Contracting, LLC, performs a wide variety of engineering and construction services as a consultant that engages with government and commercial entities. Over time, CEEPCO Contracting has developed its green building practices, which focus on environmentally sustainable construction that uses resources efficiently and generates little waste.

Although many considerations go into a green building project, most can be grouped into three broad categories. Green buildings are efficient, making deft use of energy, water, and other resources in their basic operation. They also protect occupant health and improve employee productivity. Finally, a green building should have a reduced waste or pollution footprint.

Green building practices are likely to have a significant impact on the environment. More than 38 percent of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the heating and powering of buildings, and a reduction in this number could have a significant impact on the amount of greenhouse gases generated. Construction and demolition debris can also be reduced through the implementation of green building practices, as can material degradation. By implementing these practices in the construction of homes, schools, commercial buildings, laboratories, and health care facilities, American companies and homeowners can help secure a greener future.

The E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse

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E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse
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Ceepco Contracting is a minority-owned construction and building-maintenance company with headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, and a satellite office in North Miami, Florida. Over the years, the company has been involved in the repair or restoration of structures of historic significance.

Ceepco Contracting performed concrete slab repairs on Washington, DC’s E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse from September 2009 to June 2010. The courthouse dates from 1950, when it became one of the last substantial additions to the Judiciary Square and Municipal Center complex. President Harry S. Truman laid the building’s cornerstone in June 1950, and the courthouse opened in November 1952.

Over the years, it has earned a reputation as an exceptional specimen of Stripped Classicism, an architectural movement that dominated government architecture after World War II. Officials renamed the building in 1997 in honor of Elijah Barrett Prettyman, the former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The courthouse is currently included on the National Register of Historic Places and is a contributing property to the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site.

The Dangers of Asbestos

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Since 2003, Ceepco Contracting has offered construction, facilities maintenance, and engineering services from its offices in Silver Spring, Maryland. Ceepco Contracting employs a highly trained professional staff that includes certified asbestos building inspectors.

Asbestos comprises six natural mineral fibers that are resistant to fire, heat, sound, and electricity. They are all microscopic, durable, and impervious to chemical reactions. These properties made them seem like a logical choice for a construction material in various sorts of buildings during the 20th century.

Unfortunately, inhalation of these microscopic materials can cause serious diseases, such as asbestosis, a degenerative respiratory disease resulting from scar tissue in the lungs. Asbestos exposure can also lead to lung cancer and mesothelioma, a severe form of cancer affecting the vital organs in the torso.

Asbestos was used widely in the United States from the 1930s until the late 1970s. Nevertheless, numerous buildings throughout the nation still contain asbestos, which remains the leading cause of occupational cancer. It is projected that over 10,000 Americans will die this year from asbestos-related diseases.