What is GreenLogic?

Home construction is constantly evolving and green building is a logical step in that evolution, particularly when thinking about your future living environment and energy usage. The fact that our residences have such a considerable impact on our health and on our environment necessitates that we design and construct more sustainable homes. Today, owners who want to build green can have a home that is healthier, more comfortable, more energy efficient and has less impact on our environment.

 

Bauer & Son Construction developed GreenLogic as an educational tool to better explain the aspects of green building and to demonstrate the holistic approach we bring to a project. Each element described relates to all the other elements. You cannot evaluate energy efficiency without understanding the site, size and design of the project. Resource efficiency relates to air quality and water efficiency. Building expertise relates to all categories.

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While all construction projects begin with planning and design, a green building project involves more. Planning a green project involves extra special attention to site selection, site sustainability, efficient use of water, reduced energy consumption, stewardship of natural resources and indoor air quality. Today there are a number of programs that exist to rate green buildings. The following are several of the most recognized.

ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labeling and recognition program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that seeks to accelerate the adoption of clean and efficient domestic energy technologies. The ENERGY STAR label helps consumers to easily identify highly efficient products, homes, and buildings that save energy and money, while protecting the environment.

LEED was initiated in 1998 by the U.S. Green Building Council, and is now an internationally recognized green building certification program that is applicable to all building types, commercial as well as residential, new and remodel. LEED projects are awarded points within specific categories and can receive a rating of Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

NAHB Green Building Program was initiated in 2005 by the Nation Association of Home Builders. The NAHB Green Building Program is similar to LEED, but is only applicable to residential construction. Green Building Program houses are awarded points within specific categories and can receive a rating of Bronze, Silver, Gold or Emerald.

By following the requirements of recognized programs such as ENERGY STAR, LEED, NAHB. or others, Bauer & Son Construction can tailor a green building program to fit your needs and budget.

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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, where levels of pollutants may be two to five times — and occasionally more than 100 times — higher than outdoors. Improved indoor air quality involves removal of the sources of pollution; controlling the source of pollution and dilution of the pollutants. Source removal amounts to evaluating and selecting products that produce none or very low levels of potentially irritating off-gassing contaminants. Source control involves the filtering and capturing the air borne particles that otherwise would be continuously re-circulated. The strategy of dilution consists of the addition of a fresh air ventilation system to ventilate the home and exhaust pollutants to the outdoors.

Occupant comfort and safety are also aspects of indoor air quality. Occupant comfort involves maintaining proper temperature, humidity and ventilation while occupant safety involves the installation of carbon monoxide detectors.

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According to the Department of Energy, homes consume 22% of the energy produced annually in the United States. Energy efficiency affects the single largest on-going cost of owning a home. Appliances, light fixtures, heating and air conditioning have all seen significant improvement in efficiency in recent years. Energy efficiency is also about construction techniques and materials such as insulation and types of windows. When a home is built with greater insulation and fewer opportunities for air leaks, it may be possible to install smaller heating and air conditioning units, resulting is smaller utility bills. It may also be logical to evaluate alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and geo-thermal as these options become more popular and cost-effective.

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Water is one of our most precious resources. Less than 1% of the earth’s water supply is suitable for drinking. Indoor water usage can be minimized by using low-flow toilets, faucets and water-saving appliances. Water can be re-used by implementing innovative wastewater technologies such as greywater and biological waste treatment systems. Strategies to reduce outdoor water usage include high efficiency irrigation systems and rainwater collection systems.

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Resource Efficiency can be summarized easily in the slogan: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”.

Reduce: Good design decisions regarding framing enable a home to be constructed using 15 –20% less lumber. Purchasing materials locally will save transportation costs and reduce the amount of energy expended and pollutants emitted as a result of that transportation.

Reuse: Good material selection includes researching options that incorporate recycled content. New products are becoming available on a regular basis. There are cabinets and countertops, doors, trim, carpet, siding and even roofing products available that are manufactured using recycled content.

Recycle: According to the US Green Building Council, construction and demolition waste account for 40% of the total solid waste in the United States. In Wichita, we can recycle construction debris including concrete, wood, sheetrock, and cardboard to reduce the amount of material headed for the landfill.

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One characteristic sets Bauer & Son Construction apart from most building companies—our expertise. For over 60 years, Bauer & Son has held a leadership position in the building industry. We are experienced in the design-build process for commercial as well as residential projects. Our vast knowledge and experience in residential, commercial and industrial construction provides tremendous value to you. We are committed to maintaining the highest level of training for our staff including LEED accreditation for all involved in green building. We believe that this is beneficial for you, our customer and for the environment.

In truth, GreenLogic is more than a tool, it is our pledge to address, guide, promote and build in an environmentally friendly, responsible and logical manner that creates the best value for you the client and the world we live in. Please visit www.bscconstruction.com to learn more about GreenLogic.

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