Tilden-Coil Wins Prestigious Certification

July 11th, 2013


Tilden-Coil Constructors, Inc. announced that it has been awarded LEED certification for their corporate headquarters, the historic Old City Hall building in downtown Riverside. The LEED rating systems, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. Tilden-Coil achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The Old City Hall building is the first Historical LEED EBOM (Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance) building in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The Old City Hall building, built in 1924, served the City as the first municipally owned City Hall for Riverside from 1924 to 1975. In 1986 the building received a historic renovation and then became the headquarters for Riverside based builder, Tilden-Coil Constructors. As an active builder of energy efficient and LEED Certified buildings, Tilden-Coil Constructors uniquely understands the importance of sustainable building practices. Operating as a socially responsible organization is ingrained within their culture. Achieving LEED Certification for their headquarters was a natural progression for the company. In pursuing certification, the sustainability committee at Tilden-Coil evaluated every operation and maintenance practice currently being used and determined what modifications would be necessary to achieve certification and operate in a sustainable manner. Purchasing, cleaning, recycling and waste disposal practices were all carefully evaluated and improved to accommodate a more sustainable environment. The sustainability committee then set to work developing policies and tracking mechanisms that would be the guideline for the day to day operation of the building. The team also made sure that the planned replacement of the three 15-ton HVAC units followed LEED practices and this was an integral part of the performance period tracking. “Tilden-Coil’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Tilden-Coil serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.” A large part of the LEED EBOM rating system is the indoor air quality and the new “Building Automation System”, which monitors outdoor air delivery, increased ventilation and overall performance of the HVAC system. This was a major contributing factor in the certification. Tilden-Coil achieved LEED certification with 45 points and has a goal of achieving a higher level at recertification in five years. The USGBC Inland Empire Chapter presented Tilden-Coil Constructors with their certification and the plaque on Thursday, July 11. It will hang in the foyer of the historic building signifying this milestone accomplishment

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