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Social Responsibilities

Sustainable building design and development

Optimize Energy Use

OVERVIEW

On an annual basis, buildings in the United States consume 39% of America's energy and 68% of its electricity. Furthermore, buildings emit 38% of the carbon dioxide (the primary greenhouse gas associated with climate change), 49% of the sulfur dioxide, and 25% of the nitrogen oxides found in the air. Currently, the vast majority of this energy is produced from non-renewable, fossil fuel resources. With the world's supply of fossil fuel dwindling, demand for fossil fuel rising, concerns for energy supply security increasing (both for general supply and specic needs of facilities), and the impact of greenhouse gases on the world's climate rising, it is essential to nd ways to reduce load, increase e-ciency, and utilize renewable fuel resources in facilities of all types.

During the facility design and development process, we believe every project must have a comprehensive, integrated perspective that seeks to:

Reduce heating, cooling, and lighting loads through climate-responsive design and conservation practices; Employ renewable energy sources such as daylighting, passive solar heating, photovoltaics, geothermal, and groundwater cooling; Specify efficient HVAC and lighting systems that consider part-load conditions and utility interface requirements; Optimize building performance by employing energy modeling programs and optimize system control strategies by using occupancy sensors CO2 sensors and other air quality alarms; Monitor project performance through a policy of commissioning, metering, annual reporting, and periodic re-commissioning; and Integrate water saving technologies to reduce the energy burden of providing potable water. Apply this process to the reuse, renovation or repair of existing buildings as well.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Reduce Heating, Cooling, and Lighting Loads through Climate-Responsive Design and Conservation Practices
  • Use passive solar design; orient, size, and specify windows; and locate landscape elements with solar geometry and building load requirements in mind.
  • Use high-performance building envelopes; select walls, roofs, and other assemblies based on long-term insulation, air barrier performance, and durability requirements.
  • Consider an integrated landscape design that provides deciduous trees for summer shading, appropriate planting for windbreaks, and attractive outdoor spaces so that occupants wish to be outdoors—thereby reducing the occupant driven additional heat load to the building.
  • Employ Renewable or High-E-ciency Energy Sources
  • Renewable energy sources include solar water heating, photovoltaic (PV), wind, biomass, and geothermal. Use of renewable energy can increase energy security and reduce dependence on imported fuels, while reducing or eliminating greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy use.
  • Consider solar thermal for domestic hot water and heating purposes.
  • Evaluate the use of building scale to take advantage of on-site renewable energy technologies such as daylighting, solar water heating, and geothermal heat pumps.
  • Consider the use of larger scale, on-site renewable energy technologies such as photovoltaics, solar thermal, and wind turbines.
  • Evaluate purchasing electricity generated from renewable sources or low polluting sources such as natural gas.
  • Specify Efficient HVAC and Lighting Systems
  • Use energy efficient HVAC equipment and systems that meet or exceed 10 CFR 434.
  • Use lighting systems that consume less than 1 watt/square foot for ambient lighting.
  • Use Energy Star® approved and/or FEMP-designated energy efficient products
  • Evaluate energy recovery systems that pre-heat or pre-cool incoming ventilation air in commercial and institutional buildings.
  • Investigate the use of integrated generation and delivery systems, such as co-generation, fuel cells, and o-peak thermal storage.
  • Optimize Building Performance and System Control Strategies
  • Employ energy modeling programs early in the design process.
  • Use sensors to control loads based on occupancy, schedule and/or the availability of natural resources such as daylight or natural ventilation.
  • Evaluate the use of modular components such as boilers or chillers to optimize part-load efficiency and maintenance requirements.
  • Evaluate the use of Smart Controls that merge building automation systems with information technology (IT) infrastructures.
  • Employ an interactive energy management tool that allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption like the Energy Star® Portfolio Manager.
  • Employ centralized remote meter reading and management to provide accurate analysis of energy use and monitor power quality.
  • Use a comprehensive, building commissioning plan throughout the life of the project.
  • Use metering to control building energy and environmental performance through the life of the project.
  • Provide electronic interactive graphic dashboards in prominent locations to educate occupants of their building's energy and water consumption and highlight sustainable building features.
  • Deep Energy Retrofits: A deep energy Retrofits is a whole-building analysis and construction process that achieves much larger energy cost savings than those of simpler energy Retrofits such as upgrading lighting and HVAC equipment. In taking a whole-building approach, deep energy Retrofits address many systems at once by combining energy efficient measures such as energy-efficient equipment, air sealing, moisture management, controlled ventilation, insulation, and solar control. Resources available to identify deep energy Retrofits design opportunities are available from Rocky Mountain Institute® and Advanced Energy Retrofits


Protect and Conserve Water

OVERVIEW

Reducing water consumption and protecting water quality are key objectives of sustainable design. One critical issue of water consumption is that in many areas of the country, the demands on the supplying aquifer exceed its ability to replenish itself. To the maximum extent feasible, we should decrease their need for water by increasing efficiency. Once efficiency has been optimized, we should maximize the use of water that is collected, used, puried, and reused on-site. Though the collect and treat strategy will do little to reduce total water volume used on-site, it will minimize treatment and transport losses as well as reduce the overall energy required for processing and conveyance. Tremendous energy resources are used to procure, pump, treat, transport, and store potable water. Energy is also used to treat used water in the form of sewage. Simultaneously, much water is used for power production, both in the form of cooling towers for thermoelectric plants and evaporation losses for hydroelectric plants. Potentially toxic chemicals are essential to these processes, and using potable water to irrigate lawns, wash sidewalks, or ush human waste is a misuse of this energy intensive resource. The protection and conservation of water must be considered throughout the life of the building We must seek to:

Use water efficiency through high efficiency fixtures, elimination of leaks, water conserving cooling towers, and other actions; Balance the energy and water conservation strategies in cooling tower through water and air side economizers and the use of o-peak cooling as appropriate; Improve water quality. For example, storm water settling ponds, kitchen grease-traps, eliminate garbage disposals, and lead-bearing products in potable water; Recover non-sewage and graywater for on-site use (such as toilet ushing and landscape irrigation, and more generally, consider the water quality requirements of each water use;


Establish waste treatment and recycling centers;

Water conservation must also be a key consideration in the reuse or renovation of an existing building

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Use Water efficiency
  • Incorporate water efficiency and conservation in construction specifications.
  • Use high efficiency plumbing fixtures and integrate other water-saving devices into buildings.
  • Design landscape for water efficiency through the use of native plants that are tolerant of local soil and rainfall conditions.
  • Meter water usage; employ measurement and verification methods;
  • Install water-conserving cooling towers designed with delimiters to reduce drift and evaporation, and consider hybrid cooling towers to allow dry-cooling when climatic conditions allow.
  • Reduce evaporation through controlled scheduled irrigation at dawn and dusk.
  • Eliminate leaks; caulk around pipes and plumbing fixtures; conduct annual checks of hoses and pipes.
  • Commission water and sewer systems as part of the project quality assurance process.
  • Specify Water Sense labeled products for quality, water-efficiency products.
  • Maximize the use of efficiency landscape irrigation equipment such as drip irrigation and soil moisture sensors.
  • Protect Water Quality
  • Install and maintain water quality ponds or oil/grease/grit separators as storm water
  • Eliminate the use of lead materials.
  • Use non-toxic bathroom and kitchen cleaning products.
  • Recover Non-Sewage and Graywater for On-Site Use
  • Use non-sewage wastewater for irrigation and other uses permitted by Code or local ordinance.
  • Use rain water, groundwater, and water from sump pumps for on-site activities such as flushing toilets.
  • Capture and use condensate from HVAC systems.
  • Work with local water jurisdiction officials to get approval for graywater projects.
  • Establish Site-Based Treatment and Recycling Programs
  • Use biological waste treatment systems to treat waste on-site.
  • Use graywater, roof water, and groundwater for on-site activities.
  • Apply the FEMP Best Management Practices for Water Conservation

BMP #1—Water Management Planning
BMP #2—Information and Education Programs
BMP #3—Distribution System Audits, Leak Detection and Repair
BMP #4—Water-efficiency landscaping
BMP #5—Water-efficiency Irrigation
BMP #6—Toilets and Urinals
BMP #7—Faucets and Showerheads
BMP #8—Boiler/Steam Systems
BMP #9—Single-Pass Cooling Equipment
BMP #10—Cooling Tower Management
BMP #11—Commercial Kitchen Equipment
BMP #12—Laboratory and Medical Equipment
BMP #13—Other Water Intensive Processes
BMP #14—Alternate Water Sources


Optimize Building Space and Material Use

OVERVIEW
The composition of materials used in a building is a major factor in its lifecycle environmental impact. Whether new or renovated, we must lead the way in the use of greener materials and processes that do not pollute or unnecessarily contribute to the waste stream, do not adversely affect health, and do not deplete limited natural resources. As the growing global economy expands the demand for raw materials, it is no longer sensible to throw away much of what we consider construction and demolition waste. Using a "cradle-to-cradle" approach, the "waste" from one generation can become the "raw material" of the next. The recycling and reuse of construction and demolition (C&D) materials offsets impacts associated with the input of virgin material into construction and renovation of buildings and infrastructure.
When developing specifications, product descriptions and standards, consider a broad range of environmental factors over the product's lifecycle. Such environmental preferably considerations may include: optimizing the use of building space and materials, preventing waste, using recycled content and safer chemical alternatives, energy & water efficiency, and other factors such as life-cycle cost and end-of-life options.
As early as during conceptual design and design-development stages, we must have a comprehensive, integrated perspective that seeks to:
Salvage and utilize existing facilities, products, and equipment whenever possible, such as historic structures, previous Brownfield or Greenfield sites, and reconditioned fixtures and furnishings;
Reduce overall material use through optimizing building size and module;
Evaluate the environmental preferably of products using lifecycle thinking and lifecycle assessment (LCA) When new materials are used, maximize their recycled content, especially from a post-consumer perspective; Specify materials harvested on a sustained yield basis such as lumber from third-party certified forests;
Encourage the use of recyclable assemblies and products that can be easily "de-constructed" at the end of their useful lives;
Limit the generation of C&D materials, encourage the separation of waste streams, and encourage reuse and recycling during the construction, renovation and demolition process;
Eliminate the use of materials that pollute or are toxic during their manufacture, use, or reuse;
Give preference to locally produced products and other products with low embodied energy content; and Encourage success of operational-waste recycling through planning in the design-development phase.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Salvage and Utilize Existing Facilities, Products, and Equipment
  • Use reconditioned products and equipment, such as furniture, whenever economically feasible and resource efficient.
  • Evaluate if components of existing buildings or facilities, such as windows or metal door frames, can be incorporated in any new construction. Ensure that the salvaged materials meet all federal, state and local laws and regulations as well as currently applicable construction codes, in addition to the new facility's security and accessibility requirements.
  • If developing a new facility, attempt to clean up and redevelop brownfield, greyfield or other contaminated, previously used, or impacted sites.
  • Employ regionally appropriate design that considers local resources and climate conditions.
  • When using existing facilities, products and equipment, work to find ways to reduce potential sources of toxicity (e.g., PCBs in lighting ballasts, paints, caulks and sealants, lead and cadmium in paints, and asbestos) and to improve energy and water efficiency.
  • Reduce overall material use through optimizing building size and module
  • Reduce the overall building size by optimizing the functional relationships between program spaces and shortening circulation, adhering to space criteria (number of square feet per person or unit), and configuring individual spaces to accommodate several complementary functions.
  • Ensure buildings are designed to minimize cut-offs and optimize purchasing to prevent excess materials from arriving at the job site. For example, minimize cut-offs by designing to use standard material sizes and reducing customizing spaces.
  • Evaluate Environmental Preferably Using a Life-Cycle Perspective
  • Purchase environmentally preferable products as described in EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program, which promotes Federal Government procurement of products and services that have reduced impacts on human health and the environment over their life cycle.
  • Use EPA-designated recycled content products to the maximum extent practicable-as is required by federal agencies under the 42 USC §6962, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1994, Section 6002.
  • Within an acceptable category of product, use materials and assemblies with the highest percentage available of post-consumer or post-industrial recycled content.
  • In addition to products with recycled content, optimize product durability by purchasing products with extended warranty, upgradeability, spare parts, service information, and mold resistance.
  • Follow the EPA's five guiding principles established to help Executive agencies identify and purchase environmentally preferable products and services.
  • Environment + Price + Performance = EPP. Include environmental considerations as part of the normal purchasing process. Pollution Prevention. Emphasize pollution prevention as part of the purchasing process.
  • Life-Cycle Perspective/Multiple Attributes. Examine multiple environmental attributes throughout the product and service's life cycle.
  • Comparison of Environmental Impacts. Compare environmental impacts when selecting products and services.
  • Environmental Performance Information. Collect accurate and meaningful environmental information about environmental performance of products and services.
  • The life-cycle of a product includes sourcing of raw materials, manufacturing, packaging, transportation, distribution, retailing, installation, use of the product, and management of the product when it is no longer needed (through reuse, repair, upgrading, recycling, or safe disposal). To capture the benefits of reuse, repair, upgrading and/or recycling, quantify the impact offsets that can be accomplished when the product is used in place of a virgin material in another building or infrastructure.
  • Where there are certain life-cycle stages or attributes that dominate the opportunity for environmental improvement, those key impact areas (or "hot spots") should be given greater emphasis in a material specification.
  • Consider trade-offs among multiple environmental impacts (e.g., global warming, resource depletion, indoor air quality, waste streams) when determining environmental preferably. That is, look at the "big picture" rather than simply shifting problems from one impact to another.
  • Employing LCA Tools like ATHENA and BEES can simplify the process and give more credible results.
  • Limit the Generation of C&D Materials; Encourage the Separation of Waste Streams; and Encourage Reuse and Recycling during the Construction, Renovation and Demolition Process
  • During the design phase, require and implement a Construction Waste Management Plan to maximize the reuse and recycling of C&D materials generated from the project. Aspects of the Plan should:
  • Identify the local recycling and salvage operations that will be used to manage site-related C&D materials, to maximize the effectiveness of diversion efforts, e.g., by ensuring a common understanding of requirements for sorting C&D materials; confirm that the chosen recycling facilities are in compliance with state and local regulations, state licensing or registration and/or third-party independent certification.
  • Set targets for waste diversion, such as salvaging or recycling on-site or off-site at least 50%, by weight, of the nonhazardous C&D materials generated, excluding land-clearing debris.
  • Consider the use of deconstruction techniques to the building or structure, or its portion, planned for demolition, in order to maximize the recycling or salvaging of the disassembled materials, products and components; consider linking a deconstruction project with a current construction or renovation project to facilitate reuse of salvaged materials.
  • Require the submission of a Materials Management Summary report documenting the diversion results at the conclusion of project.
  • Use products and assemblies that minimize disposable packaging and storage requirements.
  • When procuring construction materials and products, select manufacturers and vendors with take-back programs whenever the cost of their products is reasonable, adequate competition exists, products are available within a reasonable period of time or distance, and products meet performance specifications.
  • Encourage the Use of Recyclable Assemblies and Products that can be Easily "De-constructed" Where possible, avoid materials not compatible with reuse and recycling.
  • Design for interior adaptability and reuse of non-structural components: include adaptable interior non-structural components and plan to dismount, disassemble, re-configure and reuse interior elements such as non-loadbearing walls, partitions, lighting, and electric systems, suspended ceilings, raised floors, and interior air distribution systems in interior renovation projects.
  • Design major systems with differing functions and lifespans to promote disentanglement. Design access to and types of connections that allow disassembly.
  • Maintain a Disassembly Plan yielding information about the method of disassembly of major systems and the properties of major materials and components.
  • Specify Materials Harvested on a Sustainable Yield Basis
  • Use timber products obtained from sustainably managed forests, certified through third-party organizations.
  • Evaluate the substitution of bio-based materials or products, such as agricultural-fiber sheathing, for inert or non-recycled alternatives.
  • Specify rapidly renewable materials that regenerate in 10 years or less, such as bamboo, cork, wool, and straw. Eliminate the Use of Materials that Pollute or are Toxic During Their Manufacture, Use, or Reuse
  • Within an acceptable category of product, use materials and assemblies with the lowest level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). See WBDG Evaluating and Selecting Green Products.
  • Eliminate the use of asbestos, lead, and PCBs in all products and assemblies. See WBDG High-Performance HVAC. Eliminate the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) as refrigerants in all HVAC systems. Evaluate the use of materials and assemblies whose manufacture does not pollute or create toxic conditions for workers.
  • Select paints, coatings, plastics, rubbers, and seals that are free from flame retardants and / or softeners containing SCCPs [short-chained chlorinated paraffin] (not more than 0.1 percent by weight), 10 carbon atoms to 13 carbon atoms, minimum 48 percent chlorine by weight, unless it can be shown that the SCCPs are present above this threshold due to the use of recycled content.
  • Select paints, coatings, plastics, rubbers and seals that are free from flame retardants and / or softeners containing PBDEs and HBCD.
  • Avoid product coatings that contain fluorotelomers based on C8 or higher fluorocarbon chemistries.
  • Select textiles, paints, printing inks, and paper that are free of Benzedrine and Benzedrine congener-based dyes. Use detergents that do not contain NPE and APE surfactants.
  • When possible, give preference to products that openly disclose substances used in the manufacture of a product and substances comprising the final product.
  • Avoid Ground-level Ozone in buildings. It can contribute to health problems for the building's occupants and damages vegetation and ecosystems.
  • Give Preference to Locally Produced Materials with Low Embodied Energy Content
  • Evaluate the use of locally produced products to stimulate local economies and reduce transportation burdens and greenhouse gas generation.
  • Evaluate the use of materials and assemblies that require minimum "embodied" energy for raw materials acquisition, manufacture, transport, installation, and use.
  • Within an acceptable category of product, evaluate the use of materials and assemblies with low embodied energy content. Encourage Operational Waste Recycling Success through Planning in the Design Phase
  • Establish an operational waste management plan to encourage recycling.
  • During the design and construction phase, designate adequate area(s) for collection of ongoing recyclables. Local salvage/recycling/collection services should be identified during the design phase to maximize the effectiveness of the designated areas

Our philanthropic process initiates every time we start a project. We firmly believe in treating every person we meet with integrity and respect. To us, service goes beyond our customers. We serve our communities through goodwill  and compassion. We made a pledge to support charitable organizations who take care of our communities. The number 21 in our company name has a significant importance to us. 21% of every dollar we generate in profit is donated to local charitable foundations in the areas we build.  We believe our participation strengthens that commitment to service by helping children and families in need. This is what makes us who we are and we believe we can make a difference in our communities one project at a time.

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