From the beginning, CMTA designed the new two-story, 25,000 SF corporate office building with environmental and occupant health and wellness in mind. This project was recently certified as WELL Gold, making it the first Zero Energy, WELL Certified Building in Kentucky. As an early adopter of the International Well Building Institute standards, CMTA included numerous features in the design and construction of the building intended to affect the health and experience of employees working there positively. Special features included glare reduction, daylight management, and LED lighting with a color temperature of 4000K to support the circadian rhythm of employees.
The building was also designed to provide ‘real-world’ data for CMTA engineers to easily explain and demonstrate the consistent success of our Building Science Leadership approach and system design process.
As an early adopter of the WELL Standard, our goal was first to meet the preconditions and then determine the features that fit our core values. Many features of WELL can be applied to the project with little to no cost impact. Achieving WELL is affordable!
To meet WELL criteria and reduce costs, our team sought an alternative compliance path (AAP) for glare reduction through building orientation, space flexibility, and site. These features eliminated the Prescriptive Feature 56 requirement for window view shading and daylight management on the north façade. This provided cost savings and eliminated shading not required to improve the quality of the space.
The lighting systems in the building are designed to support the project's energy and wellness goals while improving the work environment and complementing the architectural design. LED lighting with a color temperature of 4000K is designed to support circadian rhythm and reduce glare.
CMTA carefully documented the cost of targeted WELL credits to demonstrate to clients how to pursue WELL in high-performance buildings cost-effectively. Because the firm managed the entire WELL process, the staff is better able to communicate to clients and building owners the benefits of WELL and how to accomplish WELL building certification in the most cost-effective manner.
A 108kW net-metered roof-mounted photovoltaic system was installed to offset the energy use and make this office a Zero Energy building.