SolarWall® Heating for Green Building Certification
Get one step closer to becoming LEED® certified with the SolarWall air heating technology.
Implement the SolarWall technology to gain points towards USGBC and CaGBC LEED certification, while using solar energy to reduce your carbon footprint. We are excited to see the increased participation in LEED Building by corporations and municipalities of all sizes across the globe.
SolarWall air heating systems have been helping facilitate all levels of LEED certification through all versions of the LEED Standards. SolarWall systems may help contribute points in the following categories: Energy & Atmosphere; Indoor Environmental Quality; and Materials & Resources.
What is LEED?
LEED represents Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is the most extensively used green building rating system in the world. LEED provides an agenda to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement for all building, community and home project types.
Why LEED certification?
Buildings have a significant influence on the health and wellbeing of people and the planet. Implementing LEED building certification in the design, construction, and operation of buildings will assist in maximizing occupant health and productivity, use fewer resources, reduce waste and negative environmental impacts, and lessen costs.
Getting LEED-certified provides you with:
- 1. Immediate recognition for your building
- 2. Quicker lease-up rates
- 3. Higher resale value
- 4. Healthy indoor space
- 5. Preservation of energy, water and other resources
- 6. Enhanced brand popularity
- 7. Your establishment as a leader in green building
SolarWall heating systems are also specified to help satisfy other Green Building Standards, including:
Net Zero Energy Building
The Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) is one that generates as much energy as it uses over the course of a year. It may still draw energy from the energy grid in certain times of the year, as long as it also feeding energy into the grid during other times of the year.
In these buildings the energy usage on-site will be optimized through demand side management and design optimization strategies to reduce demand for conventional energy. It will then be balanced out with high performance renewable energy systems, such as a SolarWall system, to generate energy on-site.
In heating climates one of the largest requirements of energy can be the energy used for natural gas heating, which means focusing on thermal load reduction is essential. That is why SolarWall heating systems are increasingly embedded in these Net Zero Energy Buildings.
Zero Carbon Building
A Net Zero Carbon building is aimed at minimizing carbon-based energy consumption through building design strategies and on-site renewable energy generation. The SolarWall technology was a key component of the first Zero Carbon Certified Building in Canada; the Evolv1 Urban Office Building.
The Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) certification means that the project has:
-Modelled a zero carbon balance for future operations
-Incorporated a highly efficient energy and ventilation system to meet a defined threshold for thermal energy intensity
– Achieved on-site renewable energy production to provide 105% of the energy usage
SolarWall systems are in the design phase for several new commercial buildings seeking this certification.
Other Municipal Standards
Many municipalities may have their own customized energy and sustainability targets in place, and SolarWall systems help achieve those goals by reducing the fossil-based heating load.
We specified SolarWall for the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute after speaking with the representatives of the firm. They attended early meetings with the design team, assisted in the preparation of documents required for LEED® certification and were at all times enthusiastic and supportive of the team and the project. I know that for the sustainable construction industry to really achieve their goals, we need innovative manufacturers, suppliers and installers like the SolarWall team.