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Green Building Practices

What do you think of when people say we need to build it green? Is it a building that is energy efficient? Most people would stop right there and in fact so does the government definition of green. To classifiy a building as green requires very little change to the building overall. A few energy efficient utilities and thermal windows and bang your building or home can be classified as green, a huge tax cut for very little output.

Green Building Classifications

LEED provides a point system to score green building design and construction. The system is categorized in five basic areas: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. LEED provides a sustainability framework for design, construction, operations, and maintenance of new and existing buildings.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

The Seven Basics For Green Building

  • Minimal disturbance to landscapes and site condition
  • Use of non-toxic and recycled / recyclable material
  • Efficient use of water and water recycling
  • Use of energy efficient and eco-friendly equipments
  • Use of renewable energy
  • Quality of indoor air quality for human safety and comfort
  • Effective controls and building management systems

In any green building project we are involved with we take things farther. We incorporate biodigesters in the facilities and recovery up to %90 of the waste which is then converted into energy in the form of methane. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions and the need for heavy sewage lines and the possibility of toxic waste in our public systems.

The list of green building features and requirements is an ongoing list and is constantly being updated as an example consider these things when going "true organic and totaly green":

  • Efficiently using energy, water and other resources.
  • Protecting occupant's health and improving employee productivity.
  • Reducing waste, pollution and environment degradation.
  • Green buildings may incorporate sustainable materials in their construction (e.g., reused, recycled content, or made from renewable resources).
  • Create healthy indoor environments with minimal pollutants (e.g., reduced product emissions).
  • Feature landscaping that reduce water usage (e.g., by using native plants that survive without extra watering).
  • A green building is a structure that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout its life-cycle. These objectives expand and complement the classical building design concerns of economy, utility. Durability and comfort.
  • We incorporate a water recovery system that reduces water usage by as much as %60

In order to minimize the impact on any eco-system we invade we carefully select the vegetation we remove making sure it is minimal and replace it with vegetation such as trees or groundcover. No clear cutting a property. We use only sustainable resources and where possible locally sourced materials. Trucks travelling long distances to deliver products defeats the purpose of green and/or organic.

Heavier non-toxic insulation, thermal and in some case solar windows or shades that take the heat from the sun and convert it to energy. We utilize a unique Wind system that is non-obtrusive and quiet and efficient. We incorporate solar and methane as an additional energy source to make the building fossil fuel free. In short you will not find a more thourough green buildin anywhere. Contact Us Today to learn more about what we can do for your green building project.

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