Green Building

GREEN BUILDING Q & A

What is unique about Enviro International, Inc.’s environmental concept/green building approach to a project?

Enviro International, Inc. creates environmentally conscious buildings that fit the land, with an end goal of maximizing the original open space and minimizing any disruption to the land’s natural and original state. Working as an architect and a general contractor with LEED certified professionals, Enviro International uses environmentally friendly materials and endeavors to reduce waste as much as possible during construction.

What types of green building materials does Enviro International Inc. use in construction?
Enviro International, Inc. is always looking for the newest developments and quality materials in green building. In the past, Enviro International, Inc. has used a wide variety of green building materials such as certified & recycled lumber, nontoxic finishes, and energy efficient appliances, heating and electrical systems.

What are the benefits of green building or rennovation?

Green building and renovation methods benefit from designing, constructing and maintaining buildings to decrease energy and water usage and costs, to increase the efficiency and longevity of building systems, and to decrease the burdens that buildings impose on the environment and public health.

What does it mean to be a certified ENERGY STAR home?
Energy Star is just one of many types of green certifications available in the energy efficient consumer product market. To earn the ENERGY STAR certification, a home must meet the guidelines for energy efficiency set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  They need to be at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20-30% more efficient than standard homes.

What features does a home need to have to be considered ENERGY STAR certified?
ENERGY STAR qualified homes can include a variety of ‘tried-and-true’ energy-efficient features that contribute to improved home quality and homeowner comfort, as well as lower energy demand and reduction in air pollution. Some of features include properly installed insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment and qualified appliances.

What does it mean to be LEED certified? 
The United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) created the Green Building Rating System in 1993 and is currently “the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.” LEED certified buildings reap numerous benefits not only to the building owner, but to the community and environment. Benefits include improved water, air health, and living environment quality and reduction in overall waste.

How does a building become LEED certified? 
To be considered for LEED certification a project must be registered with the USGBC, meet specified building prerequisites and standards within each development category, and submit required sequential documentation. After review, projects can receive “Certified,” “Silver,” “Gold” or “Platinum” certification depending on how they score on overall evaluation. Recently, the USGBC introduced LEED for residential buildings, a certification system intended to promote the building of homes which use less energy, water, and resources and are healthier for their occupants and their communities.