As climate change and environmental issues are increasingly hot topics for discussion on both a global and domestic scale (Americans’ concerns about global warming are at an all-time high as reportedby a recent Gallup poll), the commercial and private construction sector is experiencing a marked shift in focus towards sustainable design and material practices. According tothe Environmental Protection Agency, the infrastructure of the United States as a whole accounts for an estimated 38% of carbon dioxide emissions, 68% of total electricity consumption and close to 39% of total energy consumption required for power, heating, and cooling. Given this resource-intensive footprint, the potential for the construction industry to contribute meaningful, positive impacts with respect to environmental burdens is considerable. The founders of Brooklyn-based Skyline Builders Group, Greg Coady and Nick Coady provide insights into their industry’s approach to incorporating improved green building strategies, reducing carbon outputs and developing sustainable business methodologies.
The primary objective of sustainable building is to reduce or completely eliminate consumption of crucial resources such as land, energy, water, and raw materials and to instead design structures that are safe, future-proofed, green and practical. To help achieve these objectives, the U.S. Green Building Council developed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)—the most widely-used and internationally-recognized green building certification program engineered to provide a third-party verification system ensuring that the most recent and relevant environmentally-conscious and sustainable construction metrics are implemented. Applied to both commercial and residential building types, LEED has been used in the planning and implementation of an estimated 94,000 projects, covering an area of over 3 billion square feetglobally. In addition to ensuring fundamental environmental benefits, LEED’s growing popularity can also be explained by its delivery of cost-efficient maintenance solutions for site owners and consequently, sustained increases in real estate value. The Washington Post reportsthat home buyers are willing to pay an average of 3.46-7.7% more for a property with integrated green technologies, based on their understanding of sustained value (in addition to ethical motivations).
The sustainable building design is evident in a wide variety of technologies and materials including timber, bamboo, biodegradables, geothermal heating, cool roofs and the use of energy-efficient appliances. For commercial properties, Skyline Builders Groupdescribes incorporating cutting-edge, software-based sensor technologiesas a highly-efficient tactic towards reducing energy consumption. This feature has also paved the way for companies to save money by highlighting and reevaluating the more effective use of space based on employee movements. Another example of a trending material with vast potential as a disruptor is a specialized concretedesigned by microbiologist Henk Jonkers and concrete specialist Eric Schlangen with a self-healing ability and extended life cycle that will lead to major carbon emission reductions. The longevity of the new material translates into a reduced need for infrastructure improvement which in turn benefits both the investor and mother nature.
Established in 2005, Brooklyn, NY-based Skyline Builders Groupis a leading construction company specializing in real estate development, consulting, and restoration services. Founded by Greg Coadyand Nick Coady, the firm has been recognized for delivering high quality and complex projects, providing individualized concepts based on an intimate understanding of client needs and the continued cultivation of trust-based relationships with industry partners and customers alike.
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