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Problem Solver - August 2012

Find an Efficient, Green Building Solution


These days, recreation, sports and fitness facilities are looking for ways to improve the environmental impact of their buildings both initially and through the entire life cycle of the building. Because of this, many are finding that green methods used both during construction and in the materials built, are essential.

Q: What kind of building should we consider to help meet our goal of an environmentally friendly building?

A: Steel buildings, as opposed to conventional construction, can be a wise choice if you're looking for a sustainable building. Steel frames, secondary and sheeting can be found that contain recycled steel, contributing toward LEED certification. In addition, you can find steel components that are themselves 100 percent reusable or recyclable. Steel buildings are fairly easy to relocate and reuse, which provides adaptability if you decide to do something different later on.

Q: What about building efficiency? Can this type of building provide a long-term reduction in our energy use?

A: There are several efficiency-enhancing structural components to look for. Insulated wall and roof panels provide temperature regulation and insulation. Also, look for cool colors in your roofing panels. Darker colors will absorb the heat, warming your building and causing you to use more energy to keep things cool. Lighter colors reflect the sun away, keeping your facility cooler.

Natural lighting options, such as skylights and translucent wall panels, reduce the amount of energy used inside the building. Natural lighting not only lowers your energy costs, but also is highly aesthetically pleasing for patrons.

You also should look for energy-saving components that can help improve airflow, such as ventilation insulated windows and doors, or roof ventilation systems.

Q: How can we reduce waste during construction?

A: One of the best ways to reduce waste during construction is to use state-of-the-art design systems that help reduce design and estimating time, while providing more accurate details and processing material through manufacturing.

Staying aware of the construction process over time can also help prevent waste and keep things on the right timeline.



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