By Mark McMullin
In recent years, growing concern for the environment and advancements in technology has resulted in an emerging movement known as sustainability. Sustainability seeks to reduce a project's effect on the surrounding area by incorporating environmentally-conscious practices and techniques during design and construction. These practices result in more resource efficient structures that enhance occupant comfort and health while simultaneously limiting damage to ecosystems. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) played a major role in the early support of sustainability.
In 1998, USGBC launched LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the first Green Building Rating System. LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based rating system designed to push global adoption of sustainable building and development practices. The system's universally accepted tools and performance guidelines set a worldwide standard for the construction of sustainable buildings and provides immediate and measurable feedback for building owners and occupants.
At Miller-Davis we are actively involved in sustainable building practices. We now have four LEED-accredited professionals on staff counseling our customers in applying more sustainable practices during the design and construction phases of their projects.
LEED encourages participants to adopt a holistic building approach to sustainability in five different categories: site development, water conservation, energy efficiency, materials selection and quality of the indoor environment. Fulfillment of each category grants a project a set number of points; projects that earn enough credits can become "LEED-certified." Certified properties meet the highest sustainable building and performance criteria and are nationally regarded as among the most environmentally superior buildings in the market.
You don't have to have a fully LEED-certified project to make a difference. Adopting just a few sustainable practices benefits the environment and your bottom line. Consider the various aspects of sustainability that Miller-Davis incorporates, both in the office and into each project:
Miller-Davis has several upcoming projects that will incorporate LEED-certification and sustainable practices.
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