Green Commercial Construction Trends
Due to public awareness and increased legislation paired with an abundance of eco-friendly building materials and techniques, the number of green commercial construction projects has grown significantly in the last decade with demand steadily increasing. Green construction is not only better for the environment and public health, but reduced operating costs and energy consumption also make it better for the bottom line.
US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system evaluates the environmental performance of a building, ensuring that it is sufficiently resource-efficient. By using less water and energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, LEED-certified construction results in significant energy, maintenance, water, and waste savings for both builders and commercial businesses.
Building materials such as paint, drywall, furniture, and carpeting can put off volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—vapors or gases which can affect the indoor air quality of a space. Short-term exposure to these VOCs can cause headaches, dizziness and the irritation of eyes and respiratory tracts, but long-term exposure can affect the function of organs and the central nervous system. Informed consumers, commercial clients, and builders are now choosing zero or low level VOC materials.
Environmentally Friendly Materials
Concrete and steel production accounts for 15% of the world’s annual global greenhouse gas emissions. To replace the use of these materials, green conscious builders are always looking for environmentally friendly building alternatives such as materials made from renewable resources and those that are recyclable at the end of their life.
A single firm designing and constructing a project reduces the back-and-forth between various teams involved in a design-bid-build. An all-in-one design-build team eliminates the probability of communication breakdowns and delayed timelines, which can result in blown budgets and material waste.
5th Generation is Your Green Commercial Construction Team
Selecting the right contractor is one of the most important decisions you will make when undertaking a green commercial build. At 5th Generation Contracting we always deliver an extraordinary product and create a pleasant experience for our clients through our unique 22-step design/build process. During this process our team of architects, designers, and construction pros will walk with you through every step of the project to make sure all of their wants and needs are met. We provide our clients with daily communications about their project and we are constantly performing feasibility studies throughout the project to be sure it is staying on budget. Our team is experienced in working with a variety of municipalities, historical boards, and architectural boards as well as zoning, state and local building codes, and numerous other applicable rules and regulations. To get started on your green commercial build or discuss your ideas, contact 5th Generation Contracting today!