LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Dan Bruck, president of BRC Acoustics & Audiovisual Design, has served as the Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council subcommittee on acoustics, which develops LEED® credits for categories of projects such as schools, health care facilities, and multi-family housing. Dan also served as Chairman of the Interior Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group (IEQ TAG), which develops and reviews credits and related materials for the Interior Environmental Quality section of the LEED® program.
Although a relatively recent addition to the LEED® system, acoustics is included as a prerequisite and with enhanced performance credits in LEED® for Schools 2009. Acoustics is also included in the upcoming LEED® for Healthcare, and a pre-approved Innovation in Design credit is available in LEED® for Homes.
BRC offers the presentation, "Acoustics for Green Design," to address cost-effective acoustical design for compliance with LEED® for Schools, discuss “green” acoustical materials for construction, and offer design solutions to coordinate green architecture with effective acoustical design.