The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters' Apprentice & Training Center
of Rockford, IL, was lauded during its grand opening on Oct. 14, 2010, for its design,
function and increased working space for carpenters to hone their skills. The training
facility recently earned an additional honor when it was awarded LEED certification
United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, was developed
in 2000 by the USGBC as an internationally recognized green building certification
system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed
and built using strategies intended to improve performance in metrics such as energy
savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental
quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. The Carpenters'
Apprentice & Training Center of Rockford, designed by Obora Phillips & Associates,
LLC, was awarded this prestigious designation based on the following:
• Erosion and sedimentation control of the site during construction
using a silt fence and inlet protection.
• Provided preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles.
• Used roofing materials having a solar reflectance index greater than 75 percent.
• Minimal light trespass from the parking lot and site lighting and interior
• Water-efficient landscape was incorporated through the use of native
• Limited irrigation for the landscaping will be fed from an onsite storm water
collection silo. The irrigation system harvests rain water collected from the roof
to a silo and pumps it to the irrigation system when needed.
• Low-consumption water saving plumbing fixtures were installed with autoflush
• The lavatory faucets are installed with sensor valves to reduce the water
use by 30 percent.
Energy and Atmosphere:
• Through the initial building design the building's automated
mechanical systems were established to operate at a minimal energy level and perform
with high energy efficiency above the required performance levels established through
• The building cooling system uses zero CFC-based refrigerants.
• The building's automated mechanical system optimizes the energy performance
level to a projected 20 percent cost savings and 10 percent energy savings.
Materials and Resources:
• 75 percent of the building's construction debris was diverted
from landfills and incinerators through offsite sorting.
• 20 percent or more of the products used in the construction of the building
and site were recycled content and products including concrete, rebar, carpeting,
acoustical ceiling tile and wall board, resilient flooring, aluminum curtain wall
system, hollow metal doors and frames, structural steel, etc.
• 20 percent of the materials supplied to the jobsite were from regional suppliers.
• Wood-based materials and products incorporated into the building design are
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.
• Dedicated areas within the building are designated for the storage and collection
of all paper, cardboard, glass, plastics and metal products for recycling.
Indoor Environmental Quality:
• Indoor air quality and testing were performed during and after construction
to meet the standard requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for
air pollutants and satisfied all established indoor air quality requirements.
• The mechanical system design provides enhanced indoor air quality as well
as contributes to the well-being of the occupants.
• Thermal comfort controls are installed in all multi-occupied spaces including
classrooms, offices, etc., to promote comfort and well-being for the occupants.
• Smoking is prohibited in this facility.
• Low-emitting materials were used including adhesives and sealants, paints
and coatings, carpeting, composite wood and laminates.
Innovation and Design:
• The Carpenters union is implementing "green" cleaning
for products and procedures in maintaining the facility.
• The Carpenters union has developed and is implementing a training program
in the use of "green" design and construction.
For more information on LEED certification for this facility, contact Bruce Obora
at 312-435-0902, ext. 300. For information on the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters'
Apprentice & Training Center, contact Director Vince Sticca at 847-640-7373.
Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters www.CarpentersUnion.org