LEED-ing Your Stormwater Down the Green Path


Courtesy of BaySaver Technologies, Inc.

6813The U.S. Green Building Council has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, otherwise known as LEED. This program is a national standard for green building design and was developed with the intention of improving occupant well-being, environmental performance and economic returns. This is accomplished by using innovative design practices and technologies. In order to meet LEED standards, a rating system has been developed which assigns credit for the incorporation of various technologies and practices into building design.

Baysaver Technologies, Inc. was established in 1997 and focuses on the development and manufacture of sustainable technologies. One such product is the Baysaver Separation System which is a hydrodynamic stormwater treatment device. This product is aimed at removing total suspended solids (TSS), hydrocarbons and trash.

Baysaver Separation Systems can play a role in obtaining LEED credit for projects requiring erosion and sedimentation control structures. This information is based on Prerequisite 1 of the Green Building Rating System for New Construction and Major Renovations, which states that sites must contain structures to prevent sedimentation of sewers and streams. A Baysaver Separation system can meet this objective by removing sediments from stormwater prior to discharge into a receiving body of water.

In addition to sediment removal, LEED credit may also be established for the use of either 5% or 10% recycled material content based on Credit 4.1 and 4.2, respectively. Baysaver Separator units are typically manufactured using Hancors Sure-Lok High Density Polyethylene plastic. For projects looking to obtain LEED credit however, our separators may also be manufactured using Hancors EcoFirst pipe. This product contains a minimum of 50% recycled material content while exceeding AASHTO M294 requirements.

Credit 5.1 states that 20% regionally obtained materials will help toward LEED certification as well. Regional materials are considered any product manufactured within 500 miles of the project. Baysaver Separation Systems are manufactured in Mount Airy, Maryland meaning that any project within 500 miles is capable of receiving credit.

Finally, Credit 6.2 states that any project using a stormwater treatment device capable of capturing 80% of average annual post-development TSS and 40% of total phosphorus from the 2-year/24-hour storm event is eligible for LEED credit. Given normal conditions, Baysaver Separation Systems can contribute towards this credit by reducing TSS by 80%.

Baysaver Separation Systems can help meet certain prerequisites in addition to obtaining various credits necessary for LEED certification. It can therefore be beneficial when used in conjunction with any project trying to obtain LEED status.

For more information please contact BaySaver Technologies, Inc. at 1.800.BAYSAVER or e-mail us at info@baysaver.com.

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