Sustainability Policy for Construction

DASNY promotes and supports design approaches and construction practices to achieve sustainable and resilient projects. Our internal processes shall facilitate integrated design practices and recognition of opportunities in every project, regardless of size or complexity, using all of the tools available to us.
The intent of this policy is to ensure the design and construction teams, in support of NYS goals for sustainability, resiliency and energy efficiency, establish clear sustainable goals for the project, work toward those goals, produce the documentation confirming the goals have been achieved, and that the project remains within the established budget and programmatic parameters that make up the project description.

For purposes of this policy, the following terms will be defined as follows:
Significant Renovation: A capital project in which the scope of work includes work affecting at least two of the primary building systems and the building area is unable to remain occupied due to the nature of the construction for 30 days or more.
Primary building systems:
• Electrical and/or lighting and /or plumbing
• Building Enclosure (Exterior Walls and/or Windows, Roofing and/or Ceiling
Design Performance Modeling (DPM): Used for early and often comparative analysis of different design and system strategies that are extremely useful during the early stages of any design process.

Initial programming meetings for every project shall define specific sustainable goals and document these goals in meeting notes for ongoing inclusion in project discussions, including those determining budget and scheduling. Sustainable goals and references to “sustainability” include, but are not limited to, energy efficiency and zero net energy, renewable energy, water use reductions, greenhouse gas reductions, green procurement, reduced toxins in the built environment and landscaping, green innovation, and resiliency/adaptation to climate changes. These goals will be developed:
1) To support the commitments and goals the client has in place related to sustainability
2) To comply with all applicable mandates of NYS related to sustainability
All projects that are new construction, additions, or significant renovations shall include a goal of LEED Silver at a minimum and shall be fully submitted for a rating review to GBCI (Green Business
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Certification Inc.) using the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED online system. Each project will include these requirements:
1) Registration for LEED at the start of the project.
2) Use of Design Performance Modeling (DPM) approaches to inform design for sustainability
including improved relation to site specific climate.
3) Inclusion of a Commissioning Authority beginning at the schematic design phase.
4) Tracking, measurement and preparation of all LEED documentation. This documentation shall
be included in the design and construction process, regardless of the nature of the project.
Note that achievement beyond LEED Silver is encouraged and any project can make use of other
guidance and rating systems in tandem with LEED, such as Living Building Challenge, Passive House
Standards, WELL, and PEER, to name a few. Any additional systems in use are to be described in the
initial programming meetings, and referenced throughout project development. Additional systems do
not necessarily eliminate the need for submission to GBCI for review under the LEED rating system(s).
Questions regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director, Sustainability Programs.
Updated: 06/16/16
Revised: 03/29/16
Updated: 06/06/13
Revised: 05/06/08
Issued: 10/01/07