Granite Properties gets high marks for developing the first gold LEED® certified high-rise office complex in Dallas. Since the building’s pre-certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in January, green supporters have referenced the energy efficiency and healthy environmental aspects of the building regularly. There is definitely a local and national trend toward green projects and Granite’s 19-story complex is leading the way in Dallas.
When you hear about LEED® green building, sustainable energy or anything else having to do with “green”, it always goes hand in hand with “environmental benefits”. Unfortunately, no matter whether you care about the environment or not, what it really boils down to in most business owners’ heads is “cost”. Environmental benefits are all well and good, but how much is it going to cost me? It’s okay; it’s an understandable area of concern. What if you spend a whole bunch of money on going green and then lose the company because it cost so much? Then again, you may be looking around at other business owners in Texas, wondering how they managed to avoid squashing their bottom line. The real bottom line is that going green with LEED® certification for Existing Buildings may not cost as much as you think, and has some excellent cost-cutting benefits to boot.Let’s set aside environmental impacts for a […]
LEED-EB is the industry name for LEED® certification for Existing Buildings. If you’re a business owner of an existing building and interested green building or LEED® certification, you don’t want to start by just replacing building systems you think need to be replaced. There are steps to be followed, information to glean and rules to learn. Step 1 – Research. Obviously, you’ll want to know what LEED® EB certification involves. The Green Building Council website will give you more information about LEED® EB, as well as case studies to download and read, FAQs and a review of the rating system. Step 2 – Read the LEED® EB checklist .The LEED® EB checklist is a comprehensive listing of point possibilities. Once you look it over, you’ll need to decide what level of certification you want to reach: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Basic Certification Step 3 – Join the U.S. Green Building Council. By joining the Green Building […]
When you first think about a green building, what probably comes to mind is “energy-efficiency”. However, green building is more than that. Finding more efficient uses for construction materials are also important, for the environment and your wallet. Re-used, Recycled, Cost Neutral Cost neutral describes a change that neither increases nor decreases the cost of the process being changed. In relation to green building, using recycled materials and content would be a cost-neutral (or even cost-savings) change. The amount of recycled content can be increased significantly, without an increase in overall cost of materials. There are three levels of recycled content: • Standard practice – using the most likely materials with the most common availability • Good practice – the recycled content is higher than standard and readily available • Best practice – using the highest recycled content available on the market Increasing Overall Recycled Content Raising the amount of recycled content in your green […]
It can be very expensive to make an existing building green. Creating an eco friendly environment is something that many Texas businesses opt to do over time to defray the costs. However, a business can do many little things to make their buildings more eco friendly while they go about working towards the big items.Spending just a little time and money to make simple changes saves money and the environment at the same time. Any Texas business, whether they are in the wide-open spaces or big congested cities like DFW, Austin, or Dallas, can create a green building inside and out. A few items a business of any size can do to make their companies more energy efficient are: • Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with florescent. Not only do the florescent bulbs last longer they save money on the monthly electric bill. • Keep the heating and cooling systems working efficiently by making sure […]