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JRA Architects is dedicated to sustainable design practices and energy conservation. We measure this pledge to environmental stewardship by utilizing design concepts and methods from both the the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System as well as the EPA’s Energy Star program. In doing so, the client receives an end product that helps reduce waste and conserve energy at the initiation of the building’s construction, as well as throughout its lifecycle. By striving for these national level awards, JRA seeks to recognize our client's commitment to the health of their building users and the environment we all share.

The LEED Rating System is designed to promote sustainable design and construction practices that increase profitability while simultaneously reducing the negative environmental impacts of the building and improving its occupant health and well being. This program from the US Green Building Council promotes “a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.” Projects seeking one of four levels of LEED certification must undergo third party commissioning and be reviewed for compliance by the USGBC.

The firm currently employs four LEED Accredited Professionals, and supports the accreditation of all its employees. Additionally, JRA is a corporate member of the US Green Building Council.

The Energy Star program focuses on protecting the environment through the use of energy efficient products and practices. This joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy focuses on the amount of energy consumed by the building after construction has been completed and the occupants are using it under everyday working conditions. An Energy Star awarded building outperforms an average, similar building in the United States by at least 25 points on a 100 point scale, established as the EPA’s Energy Performance Rating System. This rating system takes into consideration three main components of the building: the envelope as designed by the architect, the mechanical, electrical and plumbing as designed by the engineer, and the occupant’s daily energy demand. A building can be considered for an Energy Star award only after it has been occupied for one year.

In 2007, the Nelson County Justice Center received an Energy Star award for using 25% less energy than other courthouses of comparable size and scale. This prestigious honor has been awarded to only 25 courthouses in the nation, and this building is the only Energy Star courthouse in the state of Kentucky.

 

 

 

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