Going green is becoming a more common idea people are using due to the many benefits that come with the green movement. States are even slowly passing laws regarding how “green” new buildings are required to be, depending on various circumstances. Some people believe the only way to make their building or facility green is to be 100 percent Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified, however, the option can rest with something as simple as certain processes used to build the facility. Hundreds of green building processes exist that are environmentally friendly options.
Why go green?
● Environmental benefits. Certain building practices and designs can greatly reduce the wastage of water, help conserve the natural resource, improve indoor air and water quality, and protect biodiversity and ecosystems.
● Economic benefits. With a green building design, you will see a reduction in operating cost as well as the improvement of the occupants’ productivity. Overall, the market for green products and services is growing, which helps to improve the economy.
● Social benefits. Green building practices can provide an overall improved quality of life for everybody. They minimize the strain on local infrastructure as well as improve the occupants’ health and comfort.
Optimize Energy Usage
Gausman & Moore’s electrical engineers are at the forefront of green energy practices. We understand the importance of energy-saving lighting and optimal power and distribution in any given facility. With building lighting, LED lights are more often selected for their energy efficiency, long lives, and ability to be dimmed where daylight controls are used. This will save you money as they use less energy and require fewer replacements, unlike traditional iridescent lighting.
Protect and Conserve Water
When creating plans for a building, our plumbing engineers use best green practices to ensure the facility is using water optimally, while not wasting it. When we first design the plumbing system layout, we will consider clustering hot water uses, minimizing run lengths, reducing piping bends, and optimizing pipe diameters, which all mean less water is used and wasted.
Eco-friendly designs in buildings are beneficial to both the environment and the community because they are energy and resource efficient. Gausman & Moore’s goal is to make our buildings and projects more sustainable and have little impact on the environment without disrupting the natural habitats around them. We want the carbon footprints to be small. However, we also want to impact surrounding wildlife as little as possible, as well. For more information about our green building practices and our commitment to sustainability, contact us at (651) 639-9606.