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hear in the news quite a bit about 'going green.' The question general contractors
must to ask is how can they keep construction projects at cost but at the same
time harmonious with the environment? The answer is becoming a LEED construction
company and using the LEED certification process on their projects.
does LEED certification mean for commercial general contractors?
of waste sent to landfills
- Conservation of water and energy
of greenhouse gas emissions
- Qualify for tax allowances, zoning accommodations
and other incentives
- Lower costs of operation and increased asset value
addition to the above there is also the peace of mind of knowing that you show
that you genuinely care about the environment and the social responsibilities
you have as a business. Green buildings promote healthy living by existing in
harmony with the environment. They decrease carbon emissions by using energy efficient
appliances and bio-degradable or recyclable materials.
The financial benefits
of LEED certification like lower cost of operation and asset value make it a win-win
for general contractors. In effect, LEED certification rewards LEED general contractors,
real estate developers and business owners for being conscientious about their
impact on the environment. As the increasing demand for green buildings continues,
this will open up additional jobs which will stimulate growth in the construction
economy. This in turn will require a skilled and knowledgeable workforce about
environmentally friendly technology and motivate the search for new and more cost-effective
ways to maintain a sustainable balance with the environment.
In the end,
green commercial buildings and energy efficient housing make sense. LEED-certification
for future building projects may become mandatory. While some organizations may
be late coming on board with construction involving green buildings, the LEED
general contractors that have already taken a pro-active stand towards sustainable
environment conservation will benefit from the financial benefits and increase
in property value.
Investors for the construction projects need to be educated
and involved in the process of LEED-certification. It benefits all involved ultimately.
Healthy living and work environments, profitability and tax breaks and incentives
make for an appealing enticement to 'go green.' Informing the general public and
shareholders is crucial to getting more organizations to build green buildings
when undertaking new construction projects.
LEED-certification for new buildings
or existing buildings is the wave of the future and the direction we need to go
in to preserve the environment. The days of lead-based paints, appliances that
waste power and water and asbestos are over. Project Coordinators, architects,
electricians, woodworkers, LEED general contractors . . . there are many different
parties involved in construction projects from the planning phase to implementation.
The most powerful and effective tool is an informed consumer. Inquire about
whether the construction company uses energy efficient fixtures, or has any water
conservation measures in place. The more aware the public is about the importance
of green buildings, the more general contractors and developers will deliver construction
projects that comply with the criteria for green buildings. It benefits LEED general
contractors, big business and the tenants, the shareholders, investors and the
community in general. In other words, everyone wins.
This website was created to promote green building and
LEED general contractors, by Bob Moore Construction Company. Bob Moore Construction
is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the first Platinum
Level member of the north Texas chapter of USGBC, and maintains a LEED AP on staff.
A leading general contractor in Texas since 1946, Bob Moore Construction is a
member of Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Tilt-up Concrete Association,
and the OSHA Local Partnership Program. For more information about Bob Moore Construction