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Classroom Additions to Straughn Elementary School For The

Covington County Board of Education

Sustainability Construction Assessment

The project Classroom Additions to Straughn Elementary School for the Covington County
Board of Education falls under the Building Design + Construction (BD+C): Schools LEED
certification program. This program applies to buildings that are being newly constructed or
going through a major renovation.
Pre-requisites for this classification are
1. Must be in a permanent location on existing land
a. i.e. Must be located on existing land
2. Must use reasonable LEED boundaries
a. i.e. LEED shall apply to entire building
3. Must comply with project size requirements
a. i.e. Minimum 1,000 square feet of gross floor area

Site Erosion and Sedimentation Requirements
Classroom Additions to Straughn Elementary School for the Covington County Board of
Education must comply with the state listed requirements below:
Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM)
Construction Best Management Practices Plan (CBMPP)
Due to this project being located in the state of Alabama, all construction must comply with
Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). ADEM is a department that
oversees environmental management for the state of Alabama, and all of its regulations comply
with the Clean Water Act and any other Federal regulations mandated. It is require to obtain a
construction general permit and to fully implement and maintain sedimentation controls in
accordance to the Construction Best Management Practices Plan.
In accordance with the Project Specifications, the construction must comply with all ADEM and
CBMPP rules and regulations, specifically by installing and maintaining a silt/sediment fence (C-
POP or similar) for the entire construction of the building until the architect deems it
The silt fence must:
Prevent flooding by runoff of storm water from heavy rains
Sediment must be removed when it reaches 6 in height
Be inspected daily

Reference link below for full list of requirements:
Reduction of Pollution from Construction Activities (job specific methods)

Hay Wattles will be used to protect storm drain inlets. A wattle serves a similar
purpose of a sediment fence but is used directly around storm drain inlets. The
wattle is used to prevent sediment from entering drains which feed into storm
water discharge areas and pipelines.

Water Trucks/Spraying Roads

A water truck or spray hose will be utilized to keep the moisture content of the
subgrade and final grade at an optimum level so that dust will be reduced when
the area is disturbed. Water will be sprayed on gravel/stone on the job-site,
particularly the construction road path. This method reduces pollution by
keeping the dust down from normal construction activities from going into
adjacent properties and areas. See photo below for example of a water truck
spraying a road.
Reinforced Silt Fence
A reinforced silt fence will be put in place to prevent sedimentation from running
off from the job-site and polluting the surrounding land, streams, etc. The silt
fence is placed around the building perimeter with the security fence in order to
protect the entire job-site.

Stabilize Soils (interim seeding with native vegetation)

In order to stabilize soils during construction, a process called interim seeding
will be utilized. Areas of the job-site around the building perimeter and job-site
perimeter will be seeded with a native Alabama grass that is self-sustaining and
requires minimal maintenance and cost. This seed will grow naturally with rain,
and will act as an extra protective barrier to sediment control.
Stabilized Gravel Construction Entrance
A stabilized gravel entrance will be installed and maintained at the entrance
gate. This area will include a minimum 6 inches of #1 stone aggregate. This
aggregate will prevent job-site topsoil from leaving the site on tires and

Polyethylene Covering of Dirt

A polyethylene tarp will be utilized to cover mounds of dirt before rainfall occurs
or if the dirt is exposed and unused for more than five (5) days. This method will
keep excessive dirt from washing, blowing, or disturbing the job-site and its
Commissioning Assessment
On this project, the commissioning responsibilities are to be performed by the contractor.
Commissioning equipment requires proper timing and planning, as well as time to safely and
accurately commission the product. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to,
integrating the Commissioning Schedule into the construction schedule, hold a construction
phase commissioning kick-off meeting, develop a master list of commissioned equipment,
develop functional testing and procedure logs, and execute construction checklists. Although
these are on a few items, many more can be found and utilized. (Section 4: Construction Phase
of New Construction Building Commissioning Best Practices by the Building Commissioning
It is the responsibility of the contractor to utilize, maintain, conduct, and produce the required
items detailed in the New Construction Building Commissioning Best Practices handbook. The
contractor is required to implement these items listed, as well as maintain and uphold the
documentation required.

Commissioned Equipment included in Construction Checklist:

1. HVAC Test and Air Balance
2. Plumbing Piping
3. Split System Heat Pump Unit
4. Category 6 Cable
5. Security Surveillance Video System
6. Fire Dampers
Security Surveillance Video System Commissioning Process:
1. The video system shall be tested in conjunction with the manufacturers representative.
a. The contractor shall demonstrate the functionality of the video system upon
completion of installation
b. The contractor shall provide staff to test all devices and all operational features of
the system for witness by the Owners representative and the Authority Having
2. All deficiencies noted in the above test shall be corrected.
3. Test results shall be submitted to the consultant or owners representative.
4. The test and correction of any deficiencies shall be witnessed by the owners
representative, and noted.
5. The Owners representative shall accept the system.
6. The system test shall be witnessed by the Authority Having Jurisdiction. Any deficiencies
noted during the testing must be corrected.
7. Certification shall be provided to indicate that the tests have been performed, and all
devices are operational.
Environmentally Preferred Products
1. Refrigerant
The refrigerants used in buildings constructed after 2010 are either type R-410A
or R-407C rather than the traditional R-22 (Freon). In this particular building, the
refrigerant used is R-410A, which is a Hydrofluorocarbon. R-410A substitutes
chlorine which was a main chemical in traditional R-22 and was known to
contribute to the depletion of the ozone. The substitute R-410A is a more
environmentally friendly chemical. LEED refers to R-410A as an enhanced
refrigerant management and contributes 2 points to the LEED accreditation.

2. Hand Dryer
The hand dryer installed in this building are World Dryer brand energy efficient
dryers. These hand dryers are high-speed and a very high-efficient energy
consuming product. By utilizing a hand dryer, the need for paper towel and more
paper products are reduced. A hand dryer from World Dryer is LEED certified,
meets ADA requirements, and contributes to resource conservation, waste
reduction, and maintenance cost.

3. Recycled Steel
The steel used in this building is recycled steel and was designed and produced
by Nucor Steel Company. Nucor Steel sources their steel from recycled material
with an average of 79.2% recycled material. The steel is sourced, made, and then
delivered all within a 500 mile radius. By utilizing scrap metal and recycling it into
a building product, it is able to contribute to LEED certification (sourcing of raw
materials) and minimize the environmental impact of steel in wastelands and
also the impact of creating steel from non-recycled content.
Reduction of Construction and Demolition Waste
On the jobsite, Classroom Additions to Straughn Elementary School for the Covington County
Board of Education, there will be an extensive waste recycling management system. This
recycling system will include all workers and all available materials, and will be managed very
closely. There will be a material stream for each item listed: metals, masonry, and cardboard. A
Waste Management Progress Report will be used in order to keep count on the exact amount
of waste removed and where it was taken to.
In order to accurately collect/separate these materials, there will be a total of four dumpster on
the jobsite, three of each will be clearly labeled for each material and the fourth will be
overflow/general trash (non-recyclable).

Each dumpster will be clearly labeled with a list of acceptable materials so that there is
no confusion on what is allowed to be thrown into the dumpster.
All non-recyclable waste will be placed in dedicated dumpster on the jobsite.
The waste will be disposed on in a legal manner only.
The burning of waste or any kind is not permitted.
The material recycling streams are as follows:
Waste Material Streams:

1. Metals
Excess and scrap metal will be put in the dumpster labeled METALS. All metals
will be taken to Covington Metals Company, LLC located in Andalusia, Alabama.
Covington Metals Company is a locally owned metal recycling facility that will
accept all construction scrap metals.
2. Cardboard
All cardboard and paper products on the jobsite will be placed in the dedicated
dumpster labeled CARDBOARD & PAPER. It is foreseen that this dumpster may
fill up the quickest, due to materials arriving in paper and cardboard boxes. This
dumpster will be taken to Andalusia Recycling Center in Andalusia, Alabama. This
center is owned by the city of Andalusia and accepts a varied amount of
3. Masonry
All scrap masonry will be placed in the dumpster labeled MASONRY. Due to the
structure and skin of the building being CMU and brick, it is foreseen to have
large amounts of excess masonry materials. These materials will be taken to
Pugh & Son Inc., which is a recycling center in Andalusia, Alabama. Pugh & Son
recycles building materials and then repurposes them to give to nonprofit groups
throughout the Southeast.
The site utilization plan above shows the location of four (4) dumpsters that will be available on
site. These dumpsters are subject to move throughout the job-site duration, but will always be
clearly labeled. The area labeled recycling dumpsters contains three dumpsters, in order from
left to right; metals, cardboards, masonry. The fourth dumpster is in the southeast corner of
the job-site and it is the general trash and landfill dumpster. The material laydown area is
currently located in the Southwest corner of the building, and will be a staging area for
materials before they are installed.

Waste Management Progress Report Sample:

Indoor Air Quality Management Plan
The intent of the indoor air quality management plan is to maintain a clean environment during
the construction phases to limit cleanup and also to promote a safe and healthier work
environment. The plan and outline of instruction that Moore Building, LLC will follow for
protecting the air distribution system are as follows:
Air Distribution System Protection:
I. The general contractor shall make every effort to reduce and minimize the exposure
of airborne pollutants and other materials throughout the phases of construction
a. Pollutants are described as, but not limited to:
i. Dust
ii. Smoke
iii. Fumes
iv. Organic Compounds
v. Emissions
vi. VOCs
II. During ductwork installation, all ductwork must be staged and kept in a clean and
dry environment.
a. All ductwork openings are to be protected with a plastic film to prevent dust and
moisture from entering the system
b. All ductwork shall be properly cleaned during installation
III. A temporary air system, HVAC system, will be implemented throughout construction
to avoid contamination and to provide a clean air work environment
a. Filter media to be maintained during construction.
IV. The contractor and subcontractors sequence operations so that major dust activities
are properly controlled and done prior to installing permanent air.
a. Permanent air handling equipment shall not be started until the completion of
all major dust generating activities.
V. Once permanent air is being used, the mechanical contractor shall provide Merv 8
media filter on all air openings.
a. Filters are to be regularly monitored by the mechanical contractor and must be
documented with photographs and paper checklist.
i. It is the general contractors duty to perform a back check on all filter
media to ensure the mechanical contractor is properly maintain filter
b. If a major dust activity is planned to happen after permanent air has been turned
on, then the contractor and general contractor need to coordinate a time to
temporarily turn off the air units so that the possibility of dust contamination is
Absorptive Materials Protection:
Absorptive materials have potential to deeply contaminate a building and its indoor air quality.
An absorptive material is any material that has an absorbing body and will transmit, carry, hold
a pollutant such as dust, moisture, etc. An example of absorptive materials on this jobsite are:
ceiling grid tiles. The follow is a detailed method of protecting ceiling grid tile from
Absorptive Materials Handling Procedure: Ceiling Grid Tile
1. Upon arrival of material, once the material has been properly unloaded it is to be taken
to the material laydown area.
2. Once it is placed in the laydown area, the contractor responsible to inspect and ensure
that all material is properly protected and covered.
3. Once inspected, the material stored on site is to either:
a. Be placed in the storage connex
b. Be installed into the building
4. All material stored and not installed shall be covered with plastic wrap or tarping, as
well as periodically inspected with a moisture reader.