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‘Green’ Building Slow To Catch On In South Dakota

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Martin said the upkeep for some of the green technology can be time-consuming, but on balance it’s worth it.

Courthouse Square was designed by Koch Hazard, which is handling the sustainability design for another high-profile project – the $117 million Sioux Falls Events Center.

Project officials are shooting for a silver designation, McMahan said. Among the LEED credits they might go after: native landscaping that will not require irrigation, traffic-calming devices in the neighborhood and a third-party audit to ensure that the building is achieving the promised energy savings.

“Your building is your own recipe,” McMahan said. “There are lots of different paths to get to those certification levels.”

The city also hopes to obtain a credit for “green education” by looping a short marketing video on TVs throughout the building, said Robbie Veurink, the events center project manager in the city’s civil engineering department.

Veurink declined to release a copy of the LEED checklist because it’s still in draft form.

“It’s still an internal document,” he said. “It changes quite frequently.”

The Green Building Council is at work on LEED version four and, if history is any guide, it will include tighter efficiency standards.

Rich Ivey, a project engineer for the South Dakota Office of the State Engineer, has watched the standard become more rigorous over the years. With each iteration, he said, the floor is raised – and that, in turn, has affected how the engineer’s office approaches all state construction projects.

“The LEED credits that we used – the green building strategies we used in the McCay Library Building, for example – is pretty much the baseline we use for other buildings across the state,” Ivey said.

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