LEED is a voluntary program; however, obtaining a LEED certification projects a positive environmental image to the community. Additionally, using LEED in many green building practices can result in energy and cost savings over the life of the structure. Other advantages include better indoor air quality and plenty of daylight.
Studies have shown that workers in these environments have increased labor productivity, job retention, and days worked. Students in these environments have higher test scores and lower absenteeism. Retail sales are higher in day lit buildings. Whatever your client may be, LEED buildings can benefit them.
Many cities and states either provide tax credits or grants for green buildings, or require green building certification for public buildings. The U.S. government is adopting LEED or similar green building standards for the General Services Administration (which owns or leases over 8300 buildings), the U.S. Army, the Department of State, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Numerous states including California, New York, Oregon, and Washington have adopted LEED for public buildings. Many agencies are requiring LEED silver certification as a minimum. Thirteen countries have expressed interest in LEED including China and India; these countries have exceptionally high levels of new building construction. Conditions vary and the list is growing, so please contact local jurisdictions or USGBC for details. Support for green buildings has increased rapidly each year over the last five years.
Construction shouldn’t be difficult. It should be simple and without issues. By using TF Forms in your next project, it will help you earn LEED Certification without overbuilding and wasting valuable materials while avoiding the challenges and extra steps necessary when using opposing building systems.
In the heart of tornado alley, more and more home owners are choosing to build with Insulated Concrete Form homes for disaster resistance and energy efficiency. Hideaway Developments, Inc. has a brand new insulated concrete form home for sale in their newest pocket community development in Ozark, Missouri.
According to the article below by DWM Magazine, Net-Zero-Energy Homes saw strong growth in 2016. The article is geared toward the door and window manufacturing sector but realizes how important the building envelope is in achieving the Net-Zero-Energy Home. At TF Forming Systems, we know how critical the building envelope is. This is why we are passionate about our vertical insulated concrete forms.