Sustainable Building Practices

Sustainable Building Practices

TKTMJ, Incorporated believes that delivering solutions incorporating the best balance of cost, function, efficiency, maintainability, and delivery for each client is essential to the firm’s continued success. As part of this ongoing effort, TKTMJ began utilizing sustainable building practices and encouraging the firms they partner with to do the same. These green practices ensure efficiency, comfort, affordability, sustainability and durability to the client.

TKTMJ, Incorporated has built structures that meet the following sustainable building criteria:

Enterprise Green Communities

The Enterprise Green Communities Criteria consists of a holistic framework for promoting smart growth, public health, energy and water conservation, operational savings and sustainable building practices in affordable housing design. The Criteria draw heavily on the LEED rating systems, and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC is a staunch supporter of Enterprise Green Communities.

Enterprise Green Communities Criteria includes the following: integrative design, location and neighborhood fabric, site improvements must have a minimal impact on the site, water conservation both indoor and outdoor, energy efficiency focused on whole building energy performance, use of environmentally preferable building materials, and the education of the residents and property managers after construction is complete. Additionally, New Construction projects must achieve 35 optional points based on the Criteria Checklist.

U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating Systems

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in March 2000,

LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

LEED promotes sustainable building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.

LEED certification demonstrates that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

LEED certification is independently verified by a third-party.

By participating in LEED building owners and operators have the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. There are both environmental and financial benefits to earning LEED certification. LEED-certified buildings are designed to: lower operating costs and increase asset value, reduce landfill waste, conserve energy and water, be healthier and safer for occupants, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives.

LEED Construction certifications are awarded according to the following scale:

  • Certified 40–49 points
  • Silver 50–59 points
  • Gold 60–79 points
  • Platinum 80 points and above

TKTMJ, Incorporated’s participation in the voluntary and technically rigorous LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

United States Department of Energy’s Building America Builders Challenge

The United States Department of Energy’s Building America Builders Challenge promotes home energy efficiency by utilizing technical pathways to cost-effective, high performance home construction, and by recognizing industry leaders who maximize home energy performance. The U.S. DOE developed the Builders

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Challenge Quality Criteria as a means for the effective measurement of a structure’s sustainability. The U.S. DOE’s Builders Challenge Quality Criteria’s (BCQC) exacting standards ensure all qualifying homes are the most energy-efficient homes available. The Criteria also addresses issues of building durability, indoor air quality, environmental stewardship, and occupant health, safety, and comfort.

The firm’s flexibility proved essential to the success of the project, “TKTMJ agreed to experiment with new construction materials and methods and was able to maintain a productive working relationship with various green-building consultants who were assisting us obtain certification from the Department of Energy’s Builders’ Challenge program. All of the houses were successfully certified”.

Carey Shea, Executive Director for Project Home Again

Through their work with the Project Home Again Foundation, in the Gentilly area of New Orleans, TKTMJ, Incorporated earned designation as the largest Building America Builders Challenge construction firm in the state of Louisiana. TKTMJ constructed ninety-one homes that met the BCQC.

TKTMJ has completed 91 structures that meet the standards of the United States Department of Energy’s Building America Challenge making TKTMJ the largest builder of Building America Challenge certified buildings in Louisiana. Twenty-five of those structures also comply with Enterprise Green Communities requirements. In addition to meeting The Building America Challenge and Enterprise Green Communities criteria, five of these recently built structures are also LEED Platinum Certified, the highest LEED certification available. TKTMJ, Incorporated has two LEED accredited staff members.