Commercial Flooring Solutions (CFS) in Chicago is no longer in business, but the company was focused on green building and sustainable design. I wrote several search-engine optimized blog articles for the client and have included examples below.
New Technology Helps Construction Companies Go Green
Climate change is affecting everyone these days. Now the job of adapting to new demands to decrease greenhouse gases and stop ozone deterioration has moved to construction companies. The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative recently estimated that construction industries contribute as much as 30% of all global greenhouse gas emissions and consume up to 40% of all energy used worldwide.
Marius Esterhuyze manages accounts at Autodesk, which sells 3-D design software to architects all over the world. He recently told a reporter for Business Day Live that “good, sustainable building design starts with a clear understanding of the climate of the building site. Building Information Modeling allows for data to be captured and displayed through visualization tools that can help to consider factors such as temperature, humidity, wind conditions, and sky conditions in a design."
Autodesk’s software makes it possible to test a building plan "before a single brick is laid," Esterhuyze said. “Today’s software technology allows architects and engineers to iteratively test, analyze and improve on building design. This means that performance, including energy consumption, airflow ventilation, solar radiation, water use, can be optimized."
We at CFS know that sustainable building design also means using less water and incorporating efficient water equipment, including water-saving irrigation and landscaping, water-recycling technology, and capturing rainwater.
Building a more sustainable building doesn't need to cost more. TheGreen Building Council of South Africa announced this week that 100 buildings in the country have now received a 5 Star rating. It is now cheaper, they say, to build a 4 Star building than it is to build one that with a lower sustainability rating. The council has its own design software that helps builders use sustainable building practices.
We believe it is vital for everyone to do their part at protecting the environment, and we are proud of our joint efforts with other green-focused organizations to make us better. We use GreenSeal certified products, we are a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, we are Woolsafe approved, we are Greenguard certified, and we are certified by theLeonardo Academy sustainability experts. Talk with us today about your next cleaning job and how we can help you make positive decisions for a changing world.
U.S. Military Wins For Sustainability
CFS congratulates the U.S. military for going green! Their earth-friendly construction efforts in Europe are getting attention. Two building projects undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District — one in Turkey and one in Germany — recently earnedLEED Silver certifications by the U.S. Green Building Council.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a building certification program that awards construction and renovation projects that meet specific earth-friendly prerequisites and make innovative efforts for sustainability and conservation.
The Ankara Administrative Facility — the administration building of the U.S. embassy in Ankara,Turkey — won the certification with its use of extra-thick insulation and recyclable building materials, erosion and sediment control plans, paint composed of organic compounds, and a landscaping design that omits a permanent irrigation system.
More than 40 percent of the building’s materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the site, supporting the local economy, and more than 97 percent of its construction waste was diverted from landfills. The building is expected to use 57 percent less water than similar buildings constructed by the U.S. military.
KelleyBarracks, the U.S. military headquarters of United States Africa Command at the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart in Stuttgart-Möhringen, Germany, won the same award last April for its new renovations. Kelley Barracks was first constructed in the 1930s, making it a historic building. The German company that undertook the project — the Baden-Wuerttemberg Bauamt — faced the challenges of both historic preservation and sustainability, and their efforts paid off.
The renovated headquarters will use 64 percent less energy, with calculated energy savings of $60,000 per year, and will use 44 percent less water than before with features like waterless urinals, high-efficiency toilets, and low-flow faucets.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is on a winning streak with no plans of stopping. The Corps is set to earn LEED Silver certifications for three more building projects in Europe: the Consolidated Community Center at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, the Stuttgart Elementary and High schools in Boeblingen, Germany, and a warehouse at McCully's Barracks in Wackernhelm, Germany.
We at CFS believe that conservation and sustainability efforts deserve praise, because a win for a sustainable building is a win for generations to come. Come in and talk with us about how we can help your next project reduce, reuse, and conserve for a better tomorrow.