Consolidated’s Contributions to LEED

Contributions to Sustainability

Consolidated Sterilizer Systems is dedicated to helping architects, building designers, and lab planners construct the greenest buildings possible. Not only do we test our equipment to make sure that it exceeds industry standards, but we also aggressively pursue design ideas that help minimize our environmental footprint.

Consolidated’s “Green Sterilizer” Key Features and Benefits

Feature Benefit
WaterEco® Significantly reduces sterilizer water consumption and cuts utility costs
Streamlined Plumbing Maximizes lab space by minimizing sterilizer footprint
EcoCalendar™ Minimizes HVAC load and utility consumption through software controlled, automatic steam shut-off feature
High Performance Insulation Reduces heat output to the lab. Minimizes HVAC load, associated air conditioning costs, and utility costs

Overall sustainable sterilizer design and construction helps claim LEED points in up to four separate categories, including water efficiency, material and resources, energy and atmosphere, and innovation in design.

What is LEED?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an initiative started by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) in an effort to provide a baseline measurement and rating system for “green” buildings. LEED is applicable to new construction and renovation projects and promotes a holistic view to designing sustainable buildings that incorporate the latest technological capabilities. The LEED Green Building Rating System relies on metrics of sustainability, energy efficiency, material/resource use, water efficiency, indoor atmosphere and design innovation.

The rating process covers many areas of the design and construction process including energy and water conservation, land usage, recycling, minimizing raw materials, onsite energy generation, and the usage of windows just to name a few. When a building is being designed, the more standards the engineers and architects are able to meet, the higher the building’s LEED rating can be. LEED has four rating tiers: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Achieving even the lowest rating of ‘Certified’ is respected within the industry.

For more information about LEED, visit usgbc.org.

LEED and Laboratory Equipment

The USGBC does not provide ratings for equipment or processes used in a building project, however laboratory equipment can contribute to a building’s LEED rating through a number of areas (listed above). Laboratory equipment that is designed to be environmentally friendly can increase LEED points in these categories. Consolidated has identified nine (9) potential LEED credits (over 4 categories) that could benefit from using a Consolidated steam sterilizer.

Consolidated’s Contribution Toward LEED Credits

Consolidated sterilizers generate LEED points through four major areas: Water Efficiency, Materials and Resources, Energy and Atmosphere, and Innovation in Design. Here is how Consolidated can help achieve these points.

Water Efficiency Category

Credit Description Points Explaination
Credit 2: Innovative Wastewater Technologies 2 Consolidated sterilizers can be equipped with WaterEco® water conservation systems that will reduce potable water consumption by over 50%.
Credit 3: Water Use Reduction 30%, 40%, 50%  2-4 Consolidated sterilizers can be equipped with premium WaterEco® water conservation systems that can reduce potable water consumption by up to 99%.

Material and Resources Category

Credit Description Points Explaination
Credit 1.2: Building Reuse – Maintain Interior Nonstructural Elements 1 Consolidated sterilizers can be customized to fit existing wall cutouts, utility connections,and room layouts. In addition, existing sterilizers can be retrofitted with WaterEco® water conservation systems to reduce water consumption.
Credit 2: Construction Waste Management 1-2 Consolidated sterilizers can be shipped with minimal crating material and any crating material that is used can be recycled.
Credit 3: Materials Reuse 5%, 10% 1-2 Refurbished sterilizers can be supplied for the project.
Credit 4: Recycled Content 10%, 20% 1-2 Consolidated sterilizers contribute 80-90% post-consumer recycled content and 10-20% pre-consumer recycled content. Scrap metal is both utilized on the sterilizer and sent back to the refinery.
Credit 5: Regional Materials 10%, 20% 1-2 Consolidated sterilizers are manufactured in New England. Points could be applied to building projects in the New England area. Additionally, sterilizers can be manufactured from stainless steel and carbon steel sources within North America.

Energy and Atmosphere Category

Credit Description Points Explaination
Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance 1-19 Consolidated sterilizers can be supplied with an EcoCalendar feature that shuts off steam supply when the sterilizer is idle. In addition, this on/off indicator can signal a lower flow-rate requirement to the HVAC system or canopy hood. Sterilizers can be supplied with a superior insulation (higher R Value) to reduce heat loss to the room, thereby requiring a lower HVAC flow-rate in the room.

Innovation in Design Category

Credit Description Points Explaination
Credit 1: Innovation in Design 5 Consolidated sterilizers can be supplied with innovative options such as the WaterEco® system and EcoCalendar feature for water and energy savings.

 

Every manufacturer should publish energy and water usage statistics for their equipment. In the absence of a regulatory body to standardize and rate energy/water usage and general “eco-friendliness” of lab equipment, leading manufacturers such as Consolidated proactively pursue these goals on behalf of architects, lab planners and end users.

Learn more about Consolidated’s commitment to LEED →

Learn how Consolidated sterilizer systems save water →

For more information on Consolidated Sterilizer Systems and their contribution to a greener facility, or to arrange a Lunch and Learn at your facility, contact us at 617-782-6072 or email sales@consteril.com.

USGBC Member SealConsolidated Sterilizer Systems is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council®. The U.S. Green Building Council® is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 20,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 140,000 LEED® Professionals™, USGBC® is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009 – 2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. USGBC is the developer of the LEED green building certification program and the conveyor of the Greenbuild® International Conference & Expo.