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How's LEED Doing: Analyzing the Success of Dallas's Green Building Initiative


Robert Meckfessel, FAIA, DSGN Associates
Zaida Basora, FAIA, City of Dallas


CE Sessions
1.00 HSW
1.00 SD/GBCI
1.00 LUH


Thursday, November 7, 2013
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Class Code: 12

Room / Location

Room 204 / Convention Center Second Floor


In 2003, the City of Dallas adopted a target of LEED Silver (since increased to LEED Gold) for all of its projects of 10,000 square feet or more. Since then, it has constructed 23 LEED projects, ranging from Certified to Platinum, including police stations, fire stations, libraries, recreation centers, and more. In 2012, DSGN Associates was commissioned to survey and analyze the city's LEED projects to determine what, if any, benefits had been gained by the city for this initiative, especially in the areas of energy and water savings.

Historic energy and water usage for 19 fire stations and libraries was assembled and analyzed, as well as inflation-adjusted construction and design costs. Similar data was also gathered for a number of non-LEED facilities. The LEED and non-LEED data was then compared, and conclusions were drawn about the effectiveness of the city's green initiative and its investment in sustainable design and construction. The results of that study will be presented by Robert Meckfessel, FAIA, principal for DSGN Associates, and by Zaida Basora, FAIA, of the City of Dallas Department of Public Works, client for the project.


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