Sustainability

Sustainability, high performance facilities, NetZero, energy efficiency, LEED, commissioning, Green Globes - these are the terms and the challenges facilities owners, managers, and developers are facing in today's energy-conscious world.

As a leader in this expanding discipline, Merrick is committed to sustainable design and construction practices as well as the sustainable and renewable initiatives of the organizations we belong to including:
 
US Green Building Council
Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure
American Wind Energy Association
Cleantech Open
Renewable Fuels Association


Merrick is celebrating 20+ years in renewables and industrial biotechnology - a commitment that began in 1996 with the development of a bio-feedstock-to-ethanol plant. The plant was subsequently expanded and Merrick has continued its foray into the industrial biotechnology/bioprocessing/renewable energy fields with involvement in algae biofuels, biochemicals, wind farms, and solar farms.





 



 
LEED & Sustainable Design
Merrick and its subsidiary, Energy Ace, have designed over 300 LEED (with more than 100 already certified) and 60 Green Globes projects incorporating sustainable principles over the last several years. The team is composed of over 55 LEED APs and Green Associates.


LEED Gold, SPDF, Andrews AFB
Lab Cx, University of Pittsburgh

Sustainability/Energy Efficiency Success!

Between 2008 and 2012, more than 28 US Army Corps of Engineers Company Operations Facilities (COFs) were tested by an independent energy consulting firm. Those COFs are located at Fort Carson, CO; Fort Stewart, GA; Fort Riley, KS; Fort Bliss, TX; Fort Huachuca, AZ; Fort Campbell, KY; and Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

Of the more than 28 COFs tested, Merrick's Fort Carson COF has been the best performing with a measured air leakage of 0.08 CFM/sf at 75-PA. This represents a 68% betterment over the 0.25 CFM/sf at 75-PA that was required for the project.

Sustainable Infrastructure & Standards
Merrick’s commitment is also demonstrated by its involvement in sustainable infrastructure. To lead this charge, Peter Binney, PE holds the role of National Director of Sustainable Infrastructure. Binney played a key role in the development and recent establishment of standards for sustainable infrastructure and is a member of the Founding Board of Directors of the non-profit Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

This group provides the rating system for assessing the sustainability of a wide range of infrastructure projects as well as supports sustainable approaches to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of how infrastructure projects are approached in the future. The Institute was founded by three organizations, the American Council of Engineering Companies, the American Public Works Association, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.


              


Building Commissioning
As part of its focus on sustainable design, Merrick and its subsidiary, Energy Ace, provide a full range of commissioning (Cx) services and is a “Commissioning Provider Firm” registered with the Building Commissioning Association. This registration signifies that the Merrick team is staffed with professionals who are dedicated to the growth and education of the commissioning industry and who regularly make presentations or provide training at a variety of industry events.