At The Conco Companies, we have always been interested in keeping up-to-date on the newest building developments, and as such, have started blogging about some of the biggest trends. The following is another of our post and deals with energy efficiency. Some of the information we gathered is based on an article from the Chicago public media organization, WTTW, which discusses new building trends in the industry.
In order to answer the question of what is “green”, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed the LEED rating system, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is used throughout the world to judge a building’s sustainability and provides “a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.”
The USGBC states that LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy. LEED certification is sought after by the industry as a higher endorsement can help to increase a building’s market value. LEED-certified buildings are rated for energy efficiencies in five basic categories that include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. Endorsements include Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum, which is the highest award.
Our more than fifty years of experience as a leading commercial concrete contractor in the Western U.S. has given Conco an impressive portfolio that includes some of the most innovative, exciting architectural projects in the area. Many of the projects we have supplied our quality concrete services for have implemented green, energy efficient technologies and building material that enabled them to achieve LEED certification.
Conco is a leading supplier of concrete services for the Western United States. Our services include commercial, educational, parking and other construction development as well as public works projects and highways. We have four regional offices serving California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Colorado.