LEED & Green Building

LEED Sustainable Green Building Design and Construction Services

APPRO Development provides sustainable construction services for designing, constructing or remodeling energy efficient buildings. We can construct or remodel a LEED certified and Green Building for you, using materials that are non-toxic, recycled, and locally generated or require minimal energy to produce.

LEED_GreenImage1Additionally, LEED Certified and Green buildings are built to incorporate features that provide for an exceptional indoor environment including, air movement, quality and lighting. These features can not only reduce energy costs, but can also promote increased human health for those working within the building.

Our dedicated team will help your company design and construct an attractive, energy efficient, Green or LEED Certified building that will not only satisfy the proper building code requirements, but will also include key ingredients that will make your new building attractive and energy efficient.

There are several ways to compare or measure how well a building achieves Green Building status, and our team has access to the most updated information to ensure that your building is meeting the proper standards. LEED certification is also a very popular and recognizable method of rating. There are 70+ rating systems related to Green or Sustainable buildings.

Not sure which type will work best for your organization? Feel free to read more about LEED Certified, Green and Energy efficient buildings below, and to contact us for a FREE consultation to learn which type might best suit your needs.

Benefits of Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Buildings

LEED has gained a foothold in the building industry in the past couple of years coinciding with the rising cost of fuel and discussions worldwide regarding global warming. LEED is a building certification program that is voluntary consensus based national rating system for buildings. These ratings are centered on an idea that buildings are designed, built and operated for improved performance in areas of reduced environmental impact and improved human health.

LEED Rating System

The five areas that the LEED system focuses on are:

  1. Sustainable site development
  2. Water savings or efficiency
  3. Energy savings or efficient energy use
  4. Material and resource selection
  5. Indoor environment quality

Benefits of Remodeling or Constructing a Building to be a Green Building

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green or Sustainable buildings are constructed based on the practice of creating and using healthier and more energy efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance and building demolition. Environmental benefits include enhanced ecosystems, improved air and waste quality and reduced waste streams. Additionally, there are several economic benefits including reduced operating costs, improved occupant productivity and enhanced comfort and health for those working within the building.

Additional Benefits Include:

  • Reduces negative environmental impacts
  • Reduces building operating costs by being more efficient
  • It has been shown to reduce employee sick days
  • Enhances your buildings marketability

The State of Minnesota has adopted a policy of green building design titled, The State of Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines (MSBG). This legislation has prescriptive methods for attaining efficiency requirements. Any project in the State of Minnesota obtaining State-bonding money will need to comply with these guidelines as part of a bill that passed in 2009.

To learn more about the current guidelines and standards, please visit the State of Minnesota Building Guidelines website.

Did you know that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the U.S. Department of Energy provide methods that could make your building Energy Star Rated? This program goes beyond just the building. It provides methods for small businesses (and others) to implement a strategy to be more efficient in their existing building or space as well.

Still looking to learn more? Our team has pulled together a variety of resources to help you learn more about LEED Certified and Green Building development. Feel free to check out the links and contact us with any questions you have regarding constructing a sustainable building.

Green Globes
State of California Green Building Design Website
AIA Sustainable Green Building Website 
US Green Building Council Website 
EPA Energy Star Website
BREEAM: the Environmental Assessment Method for Buildings Around The World
National Green Building Standard

 
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