Sustainable design is on the rise.
Sustainability isn’t a niche anymore. Going green isn’t just for certain types of companies — enterprises of every shape and size have the opportunity to become Eco-friendlier. No matter what type of business you’re in, there’s always something you can do to reduce your company’s ecological footprint.
One of the biggest ways to accomplish this is by designing your new office or facility with greener construction in mind. You use this space daily, so anything you can do to lower the impact it has on the environment can make a difference. Fortunately, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program provides a road-map to a more sustainable property.
LEED: Sustainable Building Design from Hendrick Manufacturing
Since 2000, LEED has provided a basic framework for builders to follow. This includes design and construction practices, with properties being awarded higher levels of certification based on their performance. LEED Platinum certified buildings represent the highest level of accomplishment in this regard. To earn a high ranking, architects and property owners need to consider every aspect of their plans. For instance, the materials you choose can make a big difference. One example is selecting perforated metal for façade elements. Screens and panels made with perforated metal allows daylight in while reflecting heat and decreasing the use of HVAC systems.
Thinking about sustainability is no longer for a select few. If you’re interested in learning more about green construction, the accompanying infographic is a must-read. Consideration during the design phase could make the finished product and your company better for the planet.
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Sandy Winkelman is head of marketing at Hendrick Manufacturing, a metal solutions provider. Winkelman has more than 25 years of industrial marketing experience where she specializes in “how-to” content with an industrial slant.