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USGBC LEED Certified – The Basics

Welcome 2012! With the new year here, we thought we would talk about what will be even more prominent in today’s buUSGBC LEEDildings, developments,and projects… LEED accredited projects… Contributing to LEED Points is something Alternative Paving Concepts and our Street Print products are proud of, and with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) discussing the next update of the LEED rating system, coined LEED 2012; we thought it would be helpful to learn a little more about the basics.

So what is LEED? LEED, or “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”; is a certification given by an independent, third-party, verifying that a “building, home or community is designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health.” –U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED projects are rated for sustainable materials and building practices. LEED projects take into account 5 areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability. The system is based on prerequisites and credits. After the process is complete, projects are awarded one of four certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2000, the LEED rating systems are an open, consensus-based process led by LEED committees. The next update of the LEED rating system will be coined LEED 2012.

LEED is transforming the way building environments are designed, constructed, and operated; including individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities.

Below are just 2 examples of LEED certification

The University or Florida (UF) owns the most LEED accredited buildings by any university in the nation. UF also adopted a policy that all future buildings be designed and built according to LEED standards.

 

UF LEED

Photo Credit: University of Florida, College of Design, Construction, and Planning

In 2009 Google’s office in San Francisco, rated Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED.  Google has also added its first LEED-certified building to the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA.

Google Googleplex LEED

Googleplex - Credit: Sarah Perez, Techcrunch.com

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Decorative Stamped Asphalt, Contributing to Washington DC’s “Great Streets” Initiative

“Neighborhoods in the District of Columbia want vibrant and distinct neighborhood centers filled with proud merchants, well-maintained shops in attractive buildings, excited patrons, and supportive residents. These neighborhoods and others are linked by a series of major corridors that have significant potential to be “great streets” – places where people want to be.” –  The District of Columbia – dmped.dc.gov

The District on Columbia has embarked on the Great Streets Initiative. The Great Streets Initiative is a multi-year, multiple-agency effort aimed at transforming nine under-invested corridors into thriving, inviting, safe, and beautiful neighborhood and community centers. The District seeks to revitalize critical transportation and retail corridors throughout the city. According to Debra D. Yogodzinski, Partner Nixon Peabody LLP Co-Chair, and DCBIA Retail Business Development Committee; “the primary goal of the initiative is to make the designated streets-all major thoroughfares and commercial corridors in the District into attractive neighborhood destinations by…infrastructure improvements and economic and community development projects that will act as a catalyst for private investment in housing and retail developments.” These improvements will comprise of public realm investments, strategic land use plans, public safety strategies, and economic development assistance.

Alternative Paving Concepts (APC) is proud to be contributing to the Great Streets Initiative. APC will be installing nine Street Print XD crosswalks, as well as DuraTherm intersections for the Georgia Avenue Great Renovation portion. These high performance crosswalks and intersections will provide an attractive and long lasting touch to Georgia Avenue, as well as a safe and traffic calming way for pedestrians to cross.  These stamped asphalt crosswalks will incororpate thermoplastic materials that are made to be extremely durable and cost effective. Street Print XD and DuraTherm will give Georgia Avenue the authentic and historic look of brick, while also adding highly visible intersections for pedestrian safety against traffic.

According to Greater Greater Washington, The District of Columbia’s stated goals and objectives for the ” Great Streets projects” are to:

  1. “Improve the quality of life in neighborhoods along the corridors, including public safety, physical appearance, and personal opportunity”
  2. “Support local demand for goods and services through economic development”
  3. “Expand mobility choices and improve safety and efficiency of all modes of travel”
  4. “Attract private investment through the demonstration of a public commitment to Great Streets communities.”

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) has partnered with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Office of Planning (OP) to manage this program. More than $200 million is being invested in new development projects, including storefront improvements, transportation, streetscape beautification, and transit improvements along these corridor and centers.

Benning Road NE and SE Great Streets Initiative

Areas included in the “Great Streets” Initiative are:

  • 7th Street and Georgia Avenue Great Streets Initiative
  • Benning Road NE and SE Great Streets Initiative
  • H Street NE Great Street Initiative
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and South Capital Street Great Streets Initiative
  • Minnesota Avenue NE and SE Great Streets Initiative
  • Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE Great Streets Initiative
  • North Capitol Great Streets Initiative
  • Pennsylvania Avenue SE Great Streets Initiative
  • Rhode Island Avenue Great Street Initiative

Examples of Alternative Paving Concepts High Performance Street Scapes:

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Welcome to My Asphalt Dr.!

Welcome to the My Asphalt Dr. blog.  We are the experts in decorative pavements, but specialize specifically in decorative stamped asphalt, StreetPrint. We are here to provide pavement information, tips, news, events and more. We also encourage any questions you have about decorative stamped asphalt or any other pavement options.

But for our first post I thought we’d tell you a little bit more about My Asphalt Dr., and Alternative Paving Concepts, who sponsor this great blog.

Alternative Paving Concepts (APC)  specializes in StreetPrint, or decorative stamped asphalt. Through the innovative Street Print process, Alternative Paving Concepts has the ability to transform regular asphalt pavements into authentic looking brick, stone, or slate.

Alternative Paving Concepts Stamped Asphalt Cross Walks

Street Print and Street Bond products are durable, practical, safe, environmentally friendly, and attractive solutions while being the most cost effective and amongst the easiest to install as compared to other traditional decorative options. APC provides options for streetscapes, hardscapes, parking lots and driveways; with superior durability, unsurpassed choice in designs and colors, and long-term savings over traditional options.

Alternative Paving Concepts have been an accredited licensed StreetPrint applicator since 2004, with a proven track record in seasoned experience, fine quality, superior support and impeccable service. With over a million square foot installed, they have become one of the largest applicators in the world. Street Print™ and Street Bond™ products have been installed worldwide by the world’s largest cities, commercials, governments, municipalities, developers, homeowners and more.

If you would like to learn more about Alternative Paving Concepts, My Asphalt Dr., or want to see some of the amazing projects first hand, please feel free to contact (703) 464-7928 or become fans on Facebook!

We look forward to the opportunity to share, work, and interact 🙂

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