The environmental impact of a building’s design, construction, and operations is significant. In the United States, buildings consume 60% of the electricity we generate and 30% of the overall energy we use. Green building practices can substantially reduce or eliminate the environmental impact by leveraging appropriate design, construction, and operational practices.
Green is Good Business
We have found that, when compared to conventional facilities, a “green building” has lower operating costs, an enhanced “marketability,” results in faster lease-up rates, and contributes to occupant health and productivity.
The LEED certification process for New Construction (NC) provides us a step by step guide to implementing green building practices. Verified by the U.S. Green Building Council, a LEED certified building marks the achievement that a building is designed, constructed, and operating in a way that implements responsible sustainable practices and is functioning as intended.
Experience with LEED
Yorke & Curtis, Inc. is home to four LEED accredited professionals. Our most recent achievement is the LEED Gold certification of the Shaver Green Apartments. Through the collaboration of several design professionals Shaver Green, a low income 85 unit housing project, received local TV, print and public publicity for the green practices implemented during construction and now during operation.
Sustainability Action Plan
Below are the steps we take to achieve specific and targeted sustainable criteria:
- Track sustainable components through LEED online system (or its equivalent).
- Present submittals for sustainable materials used on the project
- Lead pre-installation conference for specific sustainable items
- Record with photographs of installed components for verification
- Submit commissioning reports to the architect