What is Green about Landmark Structures?
Landmark Structures is a member of the non-profit organization United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Being involved with the USGBC is a mutually rewarding experience. The USGBC receives our support and in return we have access to cutting-edge information and technology that protects the environment. Landmark Structures has several LEED® Accredited Professionals on staff, including all Project Managers and the entire estimating department. We are thoroughly familiar with the LEED rating system. A LEED certified building can provide economic benefits, and also improve the quality of life and reduce health risks for the building occupants. We believe in protecting the environment while also protecting the bottom line.
Landmark Structures is also a partner with Energy Star and a proud builder of Energy Star rated homes. Recent projects such as Falcon Border Homes, Temple Street Housing, Union Mechanic Street Homes, and Humphreys Street Housing have all been Energy Star rated. For more information about Energy Star and the Environmental Protection Agency please visit www.energystar.gov.
What are Green Buildings?
Green Buildings are designed or retrofitted to conserve resources and maximize efficiency with respect to energy, materials, and water. A Green Building must be able to do these things while reducing negative impacts on human health and the natural environment. When these sustainable design intentions are met, we can create homes, businesses, and recreational spaces that are better for our own health and the health of the planet.
How does the Green Building design process work?
Green Building is most successful when using an integrated design approach. This simply means that it is best to establish which Architect and Contractor you prefer to work with early in the design phase. This allows for cooperation between all the professionals and Owner so that the best Green Building design can be realized. Landmark Structures can provide the design team valuable insight regarding costs and practical solutions to help achieve a green building.
What are Green Building strategies?
Green Building strategies are extremely varied. Some are simple solutions that recall traditional building techniques that were forgotten because of the availability of cheap fossil fuels used for heating and cooling. Such traditional ‘Green’ designs include how the building is oriented on the site, using daylight to supplement interior electric light, or using natural ventilation. Technical solutions can also be used to better a Green Building design. Improvements in insulation materials, use of solar panels for generating electricity or water heating, and high-efficiency appliances and fixtures can all contribute to conserving resources. By implementing a few different ‘green’ strategies synergies can develop which create resource savings that are greater than the sum of the isolated savings.
How are Green Buildings measured?
The non-profit United States Green Building Council (USGBC) created an independent rating system for measuring high-performance Green Buildings. The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is a nationally accepted standard that promotes a whole-building approach to environmental issues.
The LEED rating targets five key areas for sustainable design:
sustainable site development
indoor environmental quality