Sustainability Building with Greensense

Building with Experience

As the construction manager on multiple LEED Silver and Gold projects, EDiS has experience in the application and construction of sustainable design and energy saving features. This experience culminates as our EDiS Greensense Process. Whether building the state’s largest geothermal field at the time with more than 600 well points at Dover High School or installing radiant heat flooring and green roof storm water management systems at Dover Public Library, EDiS has the processes in place to analyze LEED credits to ensure the points pursued by the team can be secured with the use of local resources and not have a negative impact on cost or schedule.

Even without LEED accreditation, On recent EDiS projects, we have installed solar arrays, advanced daylight and sun harvesting systems, geothermal wells, water to water heat pumps, underfloor air distribution, grey water recycling, green roof systems, thermally efficient wall panel systems (SYNTHEON), thermal blocks for reduction in heat transmission, and numerous other systems.

Dover Public Library

At Dover Public Library, geothermal wells, advanced daylight harvesting systems, water to water heat pumps, underfloor air distribution, grey water recycling, and green roof storm water management systems contributed to the best-in-class building strategy resulting in an energy efficient building whose operating costs are significantly reduced.

DuPont Environmental Education Center

One of the primary goals was to transform the ecological and environmental conditions of the marsh so that wildlife like birds, fish, marsh animals, and native foliage would return to the area. The water flowing into the marsh is now controlled through a series of stop log structures and precast concrete locks that allow for an even flow of water. Green elements beyond the marsh restoration include: Photovoltaic technology, timber from local sources, low VOC paints, passive solar design, lighting controls and wheatboard paneling, infrastructure for a wind turbine, and a solar panel array.

Bear Library

EDiS was chosen to manage the renovation of the Bear Library. One of the primary goals was to address the outdated mechanical systems and to improve the thermal comfort of the building. Through EDiS’ creative use of bid alternates and contingency dollars, the owner was able to correct existing mechanical system and add insulation to the external walls without adversely impacting the budget. These measures reduced the library’s energy usage by 205,860 kilowatt hours or 34%. At 2013 rates, the County saves almost $17,000 per year.

“First reaction and thoughts to a project this size – how in the world can we build a school of this magnitude and still reduce energy use? Working with the team at EDiS made it all happen. The knowledge and expertise around that table from start to finish proved that teamwork is the key. Still today I walk through Dover High School, look around and think, I was a part of something special here in Dover and we had a great team by our side seeing it through.”

Elliot Hardin Former Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds, Capital School District

Building with Industry Specific Knowledge

Over the useful life of a building, only 10% of its costs are construction related and 90% is spent on energy and maintenance. With this in mind EDiS will actively work to identify various methods, materials and building components whose use will result in lower operational and ownership costs.  Through value engineering, EDiS will focus on the inclusion of state-of-the-art design elements that will produce long-term value through energy efficiency, material durability and flexibility for future growth and modifications.

EDiS provides the following project services to help evaluate and implement sustainability:

– Jobsite Recycling Program

– Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Program

– Trade contractor & sub-contractor education and training

– Design Charrette participation and/or facilitation

– Sustainable estimating

– Scenario analysis, life cycle analysis. “What if we add Geothermal; What are the up front costs and what are the paybacks in lower fuel costs?”

– Extensive contractor database with experience in installing Green products

– Green product knowledge

– LEED point submissions

– Energy Audits

– Solar Facilitation

– Pre-occupancy training so the systems are used as designed