Sustainable Development

What is LEED?

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using environmentally sound practices in terms of energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998 and is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework to identify and implement practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

KPRS is committed to staying at the forefront of green building. We believe that sustainable practices and environmental building provide unbeatable benefits to our communities; a healthier planet also contributes economic advantages and cost savings to our customers and contractors.

KPRS is ranked in the top 100 LEED Contractors nationwide. We are a member of our local Orange County Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and have worked on over a dozen LEED projects including Office, Retail, Medical, Financial, Hospitality, Public, Industrial and Transportation buildings from 6,000sf to 600,000sf. We have a team of LEED Accredited Professionals who oversee and ensure that our green buildings comply with the USGBC guidelines.

Our green practices are not limited to buildings under contract, but are often more heavily focused on consulting services for Owners and potential clients, both in LEED and non-LEED evaluations of green feature cost, feasibility and environmental impact (remember a building doesn’t have to be LEED to be green!)

Our green practices are not just limited to the buildings we construct, but echo through our business practices. One of our major achievements is waste stream source control. Construction management is a paper-heavy industry, and KPRS is leading the way to minimize both the raw material consumption and the necessary downstream waste management of paper products. We have worked with our local reprographics company to implement a completely paperless plan distribution and bid solicitation system (BidMail). We have independently developed interactive CDs for project close-out documents. We have a streamlined and state-of-the-art project management system (Primavera Expedition ‘Contract Manager’) capable of managing and maintaining our electronic files. Finally we have brought a third party paper recycler into our office (a service not supported by the municipal waste hauler), in order to handle any vestiges of paper that remain.

Whether you’re interested in learning a little bit about LEED, or want a detailed cost / energy savings analysis for a rooftop PV array KPRS has the experience, innovation and dedication to address any and all of your green building inquiries.