Sustainability

What You Should Know About Vegetated Roof Systems

What You Should Know About Vegetated Roof Systems

Today's vegetated roof systems are not the old log cabin with a sod roof. They include a waterproofing layer, drainage, growing media, and plants. Today's vegetated roof system, or green roof, offers many benefits. A concentration of vegetated roof systems in an urban area can reduce a city's average temperature during the summer. A vegetated roof system can lower heating and cooling costs, help...

Globally Supported Sustainable Architecture is Environmentally Responsible

Globally Supported Sustainable Architecture is Environmentally Responsible

The purpose of sustainable architecture is to: "eliminate negative environmental impact completely through skillful, sensitive design."  Considerable thought about how the project will affect the environment begins the sustainable design process.  Beyond eliminating adverse environmental impact, any sustainable design must create projects that are meaningful innovations that can shift behavior; a dynamic balance between economy and society, generating long-term relationships between user and building, which...

The true cost efficiency of LEED certification

The true cost efficiency of LEED certification

As you consider the implications of new construction, you may be wondering if LEED certification is a financially viable choice for your project. LEED certification allows you to qualify for credits in multiple categories (Sustainable Sites (SS), Water Efficiency (WE), and Energy and Atmosphere).  LEED certified buildings also benefit from increased property values and lower energy consumption. What is LEED certification?...