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LEED Prevention in Design

April 14, 2015

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification has become increasingly important and popular over the past 5-10 years.  According to the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC), buildings that are LEED Certified “save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.”

In order to for a project to become LEED Certified project teams must earn credits towards the program.  LEED credits are split into several different categories such as Neighborhood Pattern and Design, Integrative Process, Materials and Resources, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Indoor Environmental Quality and Green Infrastructure and Building.  There are several more listed on the USGBC website.  In fact the website offers and entire library of specific credits and what is involved in achieving them.   Another helpful LEED website that partners with USGBC offers even more resources including a Pilot Credit Library.  This library helps facilitate new credits being introduced to the LEED program.  These credits may be more innovative credits that have not fully made it through the USGBC’s drafting and balloting process.  Such is the case with one of the newest Pilot Credits called Prevention through Design.

The pilot credit focuses on two main aspects of a planning/building project; Operations and Management/ Construction.  Each aspect is split further into two categories; Discovery and Implementation.  Discovery involves reviewing the safety design of a project and exploring how to reduce hazards, and improve efficiency for the building itself as well as personal.  It also involves reviewing safety during construction through the use of contractors and materials.  Specific categories for each are listed on the pilot credit.  Implementation means that at least one of the safety features specified on the pilot credit must be documented and implemented into the final project plans.

Prevention through design is a topic that SlipNOT® takes very seriously.  For decades SlipNOT® has provided products that can be fully utilized into the design of projects in order to prevent injuries such as slip and falls.  Implementing the versatile metal slip resistant flooring into the design and planning of any type of facility creates a safe and efficient work place.  By utilizing SlipNOT® products your project may be eligible for LEED credits and the products are also considered green for these reasons:

  • High percentage of recycled material
  • Waste is recycled
  • Long lasting product eliminates impact to environment by replacing often
  • Tax rebates and incentives
  • Reduces harmful gas emissions
  • Demonstrates social and environmental responsibility

SlipNOT® also has designed an AIA/CES registered course on the topic of prevention through design.  It is called Smart Safety Design to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls.  This course is free to participated in and will credit participants with 1 LU credit towards continuing education.  For more information on this course please contact Sarah Johnson at 313-923-0400, sarahj@www.slipnot.com or visit our website to register.   Before you start construction or redesign your current facility please consider planning safety into your design.

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