More and more companies are showing interest in becoming LEED certified in order to showcase themselves in the green marketplace.
Landscaping and irrigation certainly play a vital role in that certification process and smart companies are helping its clients achieve or maintain their LEED Certification. In Menlo Park, Calif., Gachina Landscape Management assists NetApp, Inc. (a data storage solution company), in their LEED Certification Process through a series of monthly reports and green landscaping techniques.
“There are very specific requirements that must be maintained with LEED Certification,” says Clifton Randolph, South Bay Branch manager of the company’s irrigation division. “For instance, on really hot days we don’t use the equipment so we will rake instead of blowing.”
On the NetApp corporate site, Gachina has reduced the amount of waste needing to be hauled away from the property by implementing a mulch mowing program. Mulch mowing allows grass clippings to remain on the lawn and even helps in the natural fertilization of the turf areas.
“To help our clients maintain their LEED Certification we’ve also made sure our equipment is properly maintained, reduced the amount of turf that we have on a site, and switched over to drought-tolerant plants,” Randolph says.
LEED Certification also requires a certain amount of paperwork. That’s another area where landscape and irrigation companies can assist. “We walk the site each week and take notes,” Randolph says. “They have to have notes on what was done for LEED.”
While there is certainly an increasing interest in LEED, Randolph admits that the cost involved has probably kept some away. “The LEED process is pretty pricey to get started so that can be a deterrent,” Randolph admits. “But those that are doing it can definitely use our help in maintaining a certain standard and keeping up with reports.”
This is one of three stories that appeared in our Water Works newsletter.