zumBrunnen Senior Project Managers, Maher and Pippine, Earn Certification as LEED Green Associates

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Building consulting firm's senior members gain LEED Professional Credentials to better serve client needs and offer expanded services in LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certifications

zumBrunnen, Inc. (http://www.zumbrunnen.com), an independent building consulting firm, is proud to recognize two of their Senior Project Managers for passing a LEED® Professional Examâ„¢. Thomas M. Maher, P.E. and William R. Pippine, P.E., both recently received their LEED Green Associate certification. The firm's Director of Project Management, Doug McMillan, P.E., led the way by obtaining his LEED AP certification in June 2009.

"As a firm, we recognize the importance of green building and sustainable facilities initiatives, and we are committed to helping our clients enhance performance, reduce operating expenses and certify their buildings through LEED programs," said John zumBrunnen, Founder and President of the firm. "The LEED rating system is the nationally recognized standard for design, construction and operation of high-performance buildings, and I am proud of our team members who have achieved their certification. These credentials assure our clients we are competent and qualified as green building professionals."

One of the U.S. Green Building Council's programs of interest to many of zumBrunnen's clients is the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance certification. This program applies to existing buildings in which sustainable practices in operations and maintenance could be enhanced. In brief, this certification promotes best practices in operations and maintenance that solve building problems and improve building life cycle performance.

zumBrunnen has used the LEED for Existing Buildings Rating System for several senior living communities, and the firm is currently in the process of pre-screening and evaluating the potential for this certification in a number of other projects, including: The Village Commons Building in Croasdaile Village (retirement community), Durham, NC; The Veronica and/or Naomi House in The Sarah Community (retirement village), St. Louis, MO, and the Episcopal Senior Communities in California, which include San Francisco Towers in San Francisco, St Paul's Towers in Oakland and Spring Lake Village in Santa Rosa, CA. The primary advantages of pursuing LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M certification in these facilities is a reduction in operating expenses and gaining an edge on competing communities by the marketing value of obtaining the certification.

zumBrunnen was also involved in the Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life in Palo Alto, CA that obtained a LEED Silver. One of the items identified to achieve this level was an improvement in the efficiency of the HVAC units. Although the new units were more expensive than those specified, the payback period was determined to be less than three years, so zumBrunnen recommended immediate approval using project funds.    

The LEED Professional Credentials program is administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), which was established through support of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED Professional Credentials, including LEED AP and LEED Green Associate, demonstrate a current knowledge of green building technologies, best practices and the evolving LEED rating system.

zumBrunnen was founded in 1989. The Atlanta-based firm specializes in construction consulting, facility assessments, property condition assessments and long-range capital reserve planning services for a diverse list of national clients. The firm is also recognized for their proprietary FacilityForecast® Software System, a unique facilities condition assessment and budgeting tool designed to forecast and manage long-term capital replacement and operating expenses, depreciation expenses and income.

The firm has completed notable projects in a variety of market sectors including: senior living, institutional, healthcare, multi-family, mixed use, retail, office, warehouse, industrial, hospitality and public assembly. The firm is involved in numerous professional associations including: Association of Professional Reserve Analysts (APRA), American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), Community Associations Institute (CAI), Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Life Services Network (LSN) and the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC).

For more information about zumBrunnen, please visit http://www.zumbrunnen.com.

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