Saint-Gobain employees and YouthBuild Schenectady staff and students met with project partners recently for a design charrette to launch the start of YouthBuild’s new green building project in Schenectady, New York.
A charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development. It provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to the designers. More importantly, it allows everyone who participates to be a mutual author of the plan.
To start the day, the students and staff took a visit to the site, just a few blocks away from the charrette, to see the home that will be renovated in the project. Students explained the demolition process to the staff and what the obstacles were removing waste from the property. The home had been vacant for several years and requires a lot of attention.
During the charrette, students learned about sustainable building practices and products through presentations from Lucas Hamilton, CertainTeed building scientist and charrette facilitator Tracie Hall, Executive Director of the New York chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
In the afternoon, students and staff broke up into groups to discuss design elements that would qualify the building for LEED certification based on the six-category rating system. Sections of the checklist included material and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation.
Work is expected to begin on the Schenectady project in the early fall.
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