We're Building Green
|Member of F.S.C. - Forest Stewardship Council
A non-profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the worlds forests.
We resource local / Oregon REAL WOODNOT (Canadian or Russian POISONED wood byproducts) that contain TOXIC urea formaldehyde. "Green Technology" treated wood .......... "Green Applied Science" We've discovered the sources that utilize the proper "green" method of treating wood that keep insects, micro-spores and the like from attacking wood products. This technology has been made available to us and we build with such whenever possible.
Designing and building green can creatively meet our modern lifestyle needs within natures provisions. The conjoined efforts of many groups/programs within communities international wide are making great strides in setting evolving standards of just how to achieve this. Mostly it takes an open mind, and the ability to adapt as each new day brings discoveries of just how to most effectively use what nature has already provided. Our research has brought several programs to our attention and affected our design process considerably. Next we will look at these programs and what it means for you the consumer, and us - as the designer/builder.
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The Energy Star Program
This is a voluntary labeling program that is actually government backed and it is part of the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). It' s goal is protecting the environment by identifying energy efficient goods, thus reducing greenhouse emissions and helping to sustaining life. It is a program that is a labeling system for the products consumers use. There are a wide range of categories, 40 in all, such as appliances, office equipment, and even homes. Energy Star partners with public and private sector organizations to promote energy and cost savings along with innovation so that you the consumer get the best product with the least environmental impact. It also ensures that as the designer, we have a trusty resource on the performance of the products used to build your building.
LEED Points Rating System Program
LEED is a much more expansive program that assigns points and credits based on the performance of all the products used within the building and the energy practices used in building it. It deals with every aspect involved with a project from conception to end use and the impacts of each choice. Each impact has a ripple effect over the entire project (recycling unused materials, uses less energy, which creates less waste, leaving a healthier environment in the end). The LEED program has identified these effects and incorporated them into the rating system and their goals. There are 6 main goals -and again- one tends to have a ripple effect in how they affect the others. Here they are listed below:
Using Recycled Materials / Recycle ability
Outdoor Environmental Impact
Indoor Air Quality and Environmental Comfort
Lowering Health Care Costs / Health Impacts
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Product choice combined with thoughtful educated design equals sustain ability. Achieving any of these goals starts with the design, and LEED requires project planning.
- Too green - Is there such a thing? Yes. For as many goals as LEED has and achieves it can be overwhelming and make certification seem unattainable. Certification is not so easy to achieve, even if you are following the Reference Guide and Specification Manual. Also, LEED's strictness and complexity creates a conflict with its own goals of trying to create a simplified and sustainable building, often voiding or negating energy efficiency with its requirements. The result of adhering to each specification and procedure in the end achieves the opposite of its goals, benefits at a cost. By some measures the costs are too high in comparison to the benefit they offer. Many feel that this defeats the entire purpose of their program, making it impractical. It is something LEED is aware of and is taking measures to correct, how to be certifiably green without creating more hassle or costing more money than it is worth. Life and it' s complexities.....
Part III - Looking A Bit Deeper
It has come to our attention that ALL our competitors build with Non-American wood waste products that contain some very nasty chemicals such as formaldehyde and other carcinogens. We never use the afore mentioned...ever!
We resource local / Oregon REAL WOOD NOT (Canadian or Russian POISONED wood byproducts) that contain TOXIC urea formaldehyde.
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