This case study is prepared by the Rutgers Center for Green Building (RCGB) and was commissioned by the New Jersey Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-NJ). It is a product of the Green Building Benefits Consortium (GBBC) – a partnership between the Rutgers Center for Green Building and the New Jersey Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. The consortium is made up of a broad range of stakeholders in the building industry, including building owners, developers, facility managers, contractors, manufacturers, architects, engineers, green building experts, consultants, investment funds, government agencies and professional associations. The partnership creates the opportunity for industry stakeholders to guide research on topics of green post occupancy evaluation (POE), such as increased energy savings and enhanced occupant satisfaction and performance, which have the potential to maximize benefits to companies and industries.
This case study assessed the Maplewood Police and Court Building, 1618 Springfield Avenue Maplewood, NJ 07040-2414. This building was the 33rd LEED certified building in NJ and the first municipal building to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. This study develops a synthesized analysis on physical performance measures in such areas as energy and water consumption, and construction and operation costs, and survey work in the areas of occupant comfort and satisfaction. This work includes the following:
- Descriptions of the building’s green features in seven key areas: Site Selection and Planning, Construction Management, Landscaping, Building Design, Building Materials, Building Systems, and
- Interviews and questionnaires with the building owner, design team, engineering team, facility manager, and others to gather information on energy and water use, indoor environmental quality, occupant satisfaction, and avoided infrastructure costs.
- Analysis of actual energy performance and economic assessment of the building through a Life Cycle Cost (LCC) analysis.
- Assessment of environmental impacts of energy and water use. The combination of the above research provides the basis for this case study write-up that evaluates building performance, occupant satisfaction and cost considerations.