Building Green

What is Green?

A green building has characteristics that reduce its environmental impact during its life cycle—from construction all the way through to the end of the building’s useful life. These green building characteristics are measured against three criteria:

    • The environmental impact the building will have now and in the future when considering such factors as energy use, efficient use of space, recyclability, and the materials used for construction, all in an effort to conserve natural resources.
    • The economic impact, such as lowering operating costs, enhancing asset value, improving productivity, as well as optimizing lifecycle performance.
    • Health and community, through the improvement of air quality, occupant comfort, and overall health conditions.Decrease in a building’s cost to operate, including energy savings

Various government and private, non-profit agencies recognize green construction efforts through certification programs. Two of the construction industry’s most sought-after certifications are Energy Star and LEED.

The ENERGY STAR program through the US Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Canada is an international partner in the U.S. ENERGY STAR program.  The program is committed to protecting the environment by certifying and promoting the use of energy-efficient products. Customers using Energy Star products help reduce energy consumption, protect the environment and likely save money as a result.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Strategies include choosing environmentally sensitive design, roofing, insulation, delivery methods and other criteria, which earn points toward certification.  Detailed LEED program information can be found  on the websites for the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC).

The US and Canada Green Building Councils cite these advantages for building green:

  • Decrease in a building’s cost to operate, including energy savings
  • Increase in a building’s value, improving ROI
  • Improved occupant comfort
  • Increase in a building’s occupancy capacity
  • Increase in potential rent
  • Reduction in urban heat island effect and smog
  • Mitigation of global warming
  • When used as part of a well-designed building project, Robertson’s green product solutions can help you reach your sustainable building goals. Additionally, Robertson’s manufacturing and distribution centers are part of an integrated hub-and-spoke system. Our plant facilities are networked, allowing us to determine the closest manufacturing plant with the ability to meet the specifications for your specific order.  This allows delivery to many job sites within a 500 mile radius, thereby reducing emissions and fuel consumption.