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12/08/2011

10 Tips for Greening Your Building

 
Take a step back to prepare and look at the big picture for projects such as greening your building.

Environmental sustainability.  Green building.  LEED.  The facility management and building ownership landscape is filled with new ways to create energy efficient and environmentally sustainable buildings.  KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFSSIONAL* offers ten tips and takeaways used for their headquarters building, Building 100 in Roswell, GA to achieve certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building program.

        1.      Form a project team – When we began working toward LEED certification for our 30-year-old, 80,000-square foot facility, the first thing we did was establish a project team. The team included a third-party consultant with expertise in standards interpretation and policy development, a project administrator, a group of facility operations subject matter experts and outside vendors. Vendors included the facility’s landscape management firm, cleaning contractor and building services contractor.

        2.      Identify goals – After assessing the current state of your building, prioritize your goals. In our case, we were pursuing LEED green building certification and knew that our overall goal was to use less energy, water and natural resources. Consider tackling objectives with easy-to-implement modifications first, to gather momentum for the overall project.

        3.      Develop a building operating plan - By reviewing the operations, monitoring and maintenance of all heating, ventilating, air conditioning equipment and lighting, improvements can be made to daily operation practices to conserve energy, reduce maintenance and increase the life of equipment.

        4.      Practice sustainable purchasing – Start by examining the whole lifecycle of products that are purchased for use in the maintenance and operation of your building, from source to disposal. Look for new ways to reduce the amount of natural resources utilized in the building and remember that focusing on the recycled content of a product alone doesn’t look at the whole picture.

        5.      Maximize water efficiency - Replace old plumbing fixtures and materials with those that meet water-efficient, high-performance plumbing standards and install irrigation systems that utilize storm water for landscape watering.

        6.      Steward the natural environment – Use minimum quantities of the least toxic pesticides available, with preferences for non-chemical methods of pest control such as using adapted plant material to provide pest resistance. Choose native and adaptive plants, trees and shrubs that require no fertilizer.

        7.      Commit to green cleaning - Create a Green Cleaning Program to address the use of chemical concentrates and sustainable cleaning products and materials. Make sure staff is trained on green cleaning practices and policies.

        8.      Conduct an audit of the consumable waste stream – Use the results to identify opportunities for increased recycling and waste diversion.

        9.      Challenge employees and tenants to meet green goals - Sustainability programs have been shown to motivate existing employees and generate greater interest from prospective tenants. Communicate your green goals to employees and tenants and encourage participation in sustainability programs throughout your organization.

        10. Measure the impact and celebrate – The results of “greening up” your building may vary depending on your goals, but we exceeded our own goals and expectations when our facility became LEED Certified under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance program. We take pride in our building and in our commitment to future generations.

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

 


 
09/17/2014

A new technology developed at Rice University effectively deices glass surfaces while remaining transparent for radio frequency transmission.

09/16/2014

The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

09/15/2014

Researchers have developed a new process to help cloud computing systems use less energy while continuing to provide high levels of data services.

09/12/2014

Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

09/04/2014

Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

09/03/2014

Health costs drop by half as a result of environmental regulations.

09/02/2014

A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

08/29/2014

New tool from FEMA helps facility managers prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonstructural earthquake damage. 

08/28/2014

Is your building's exterior prepared for consistent snowstorms?

08/27/2014

Researchers have developed wearable, customizable technology to handle access control at busy hotels. 

08/26/2014

A new study shows that hotels which are LEED certified bring in more revenue than their non-certified competitors. 

08/25/2014

Policies designed to reduce carbon emissions have the added benefit of increasing air quality, which could pay for the reduction policies themselves. 

08/22/2014

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is as transparent as glass. 

08/21/2014

The Department of Energy has released two reports which indicate wind turbine installations and efficiency is growing while prices drop. 

08/20/2014

The NHL has partnered with the NRDC to release their first sustainability report. 

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