As more and more construction businesses look to find sustainable ways for new construction, many companies are looking to energy saving construction techniques and striving for LEED certifications. The use of energy saving construction techniques and materials are not only environmentally friendly and promote sustainability, but additional benefits include significant cost savings generated from energy expenditure savings. Additionally, LEED certification for buildings are widely recognized as being resource efficient, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving money for building owners.
There are a number of different types of energy saving construction and LEED certifications that construction businesses can use for their construction projects. In addition, home construction can also be tailored to meet energy saving construction and LEED certification guidelines as well.
- Commercial Buildings that incorporate whole-building design
According to the Department of Energy, about 20% of all the energy we use in the U.S. goes to power commercial buildings. When offices and schools become as energy efficient as possible using the “whole building” approach, there is a tremendous potential for outstanding savings of up to 70 percent on energy consumption.
- LEED Building Design and Construction
LEED, also known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, offers certification for commercial buildings that meet criteria for outstanding use of energy efficiency and environmental design. A specific certification for construction companies entitled LEED for Building Design and Construction, offers guidelines for construction companies to maximize sustainability features and benefits for new construction. The guidelines for these include, but are not limited to, the following project areas:
New Construction and Major Renovation: Addresses design and construction activities for both new buildings and major renovations of existing buildings. This includes major HVAC improvements, significant building envelope modifications and major interior rehabilitation.
Schools: For buildings made up of core and ancillary learning spaces on K-12 school grounds. Can also be used for higher education and non-academic buildings on school campuses.
Retail: Addresses the unique needs of retailers—from banks, restaurants, apparel, electronics, big box and everything in between.
Hospitality: Dedicated to hotels, motels, inns, or other businesses within the service industry that provide transitional or short-term lodging with or without food.
Healthcare: For hospitals that operate twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and provide inpatient medical treatment, including acute and long-term care.
- Ultra-Efficient Homes
Ultra-efficient homes combine state-of-the-art energy-efficient construction, appliances, and lighting with commercially available renewable energy systems, such as solar water heating and solar electricity. By taking advantage of local climate and site conditions, designers can often also incorporate passive solar heating and cooling and energy-efficient landscaping strategies. The intent is to reduce home energy use as cost-effectively as possible, and then meet the reduced load with on-site renewable energy systems.
Lenox Hill Construction has worked with energy saving construction and LEED certification properties throughout our construction and design/build history and can assist businesses that are interested in pursuing these types of projects. If you’re interested in learning more about the energy saving construction and LEED certifications that Lenox Hill Construction has to offer, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-580-6499 ext. 7.