|G R E E N C O N S T R U C T I O N A D V A N T A G E S
|... for a cleaner, more energy efficient building
REDUCED OPERATION COSTS - Energy and water efficient buildings operating costs are significantly lower than buildings using traditional building methods.
REDUCED PROJECT COSTS - Green building projects that are well integrated can result in lower project development costs. Rehabilitating an existing building can lower infrastructure and materials costs.
ENHANCED ASSET VALUE AND PROFTS - A high performance environment can yield valuable gains in labor productivity, retail sales and manufacturing quality, and output. These improvements combined with lower operating cost create a key competitive advantage and improve real estate value.
INCENTIVES FROM COMED SMART IDEAS
ComEds Smart Ideas Program is designed to reduce your energy costs while protecting the environment
with more energy efficient methods of using and controlling your energy consumption.
ComEds Smart Ideas Program offers variety of incentives to help provide
funding for reducing your energy consumption. These incentives are available in areas such as:
Lighting - https://www.comed.com/sites/businesssavings/Pages/bslighting.aspx
HVAC - https://www.comed.com/sites/businesssavings/Pages/bshvac.aspx
Compressed Air - https://www.comed.com/sites/businesssavings/Pages/bscompressed.aspx
Refrigeration - https://www.comed.com/sites/businesssavings/Pages/bsrefrig.aspx
Food Service - https://www.comed.com/sites/businesssavings/Pages/foodserv.aspx
VSD - https://www.comed.com/sites/businesssavings/Pages/bsmotors.aspx
Custom Projects - https://www.comed.com/sites/businesssavings/Pages/customtech.aspx
Multi-Family - https://www.comed.com/sites/businesssavings/Pages/multifamily.aspx
Small Business - https://www.comed.com/sites/businesssavings/Pages/smallbus.aspx
Retro-Commissioning - https://www.comed.com/sites/BusinessSavings/Pages/retrocommissioning.aspx
New Construction - https://www.comed.com/sites/BusinessSavings/Pages/newconstruction.aspx
RFI - https://www.comed.com/sites/businesssavings/Pages/rfi.aspx
Load Response - https://www.comed.com/sites/businesssavings/Pages/loadresponse.aspx
Smart Ideas Link - https://www.comed.com/sites/BusinessSavings/Pages/programsincentives.aspx
DATABASE OF STATE INCENTIVES FOR RENEWABLES & EFFICIENCY [DSIRE]
DSIRE is a database that provides information on incentives organized by state. There are financial incentives on the local and state level as
well different rules and regulations for a variety of topics within renewable energy buildings. Some notable incentives are:
Federal incentives are also found on the DSIRE website.
- Utility rebate programs provided by Ameren Illinois, ComEd, MidAmerican Energy, Peoples Gas, and more.
- State grants, loans, bonds, and rebate programs
- Property and sales tax incentives
REDUCED DESTRUCTION of NATURAL AREAS and HABITATS - Construction destroys or seriously impacts forests, fields, wildlife corridors, wetlands, and agricultural areas. This can be avoided by choosing to build on a site that is already developed.
Urban sprawl has become an important national issue, especially in the Northeast. Rehabilitation of existing buildings, infill development, and brownfields development can reduce sprawl.
REDUCE AIR AND WATER POLUTION AND SOLID WASTE - Buildings are major contributors to global warming. Energy efficiency can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from the building sector. The EPA estimates that the use of energy efficient lighting alone would be the equivalent of getting 15 million cars off the road in terms of carbon dioxide reduction.
Current construction practices create two and a half pounds of solid waste per square foot. Much of this could be recycled, saving landfill space and fees. Reduce Depletion of Finite Resources
Buildings consume 25% of virgin wood and 40% of raw stone, gravel, and sand.
GREEN CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS
Using recycled materials helps the environment by reducing the amount of waste that otherwise would be
dumped in a landfill. Purchasing recycled materials and using them in construction
also encourages the recycling industry to expand and became more innovating in
different recycling methods. Some recycled materials that can be used in
construction include metals, heavy timbers, plastics, glass, and masonry products and ceramics.
Recycled Materials link - http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/home/construction/gogreen.html
GREEN SOURCE: PRODUCTS
Green Source is a magazine dedicated to sustainable designs updated monthly with new green and environmental building products.
Green Source link - http://greensource.construction.com/products/
Oikos is a website devoted to serving professionals whose work promotes
sustainable design and construction with a directory of green products in a variety of product divisions.
The product divisions available include: concrete, doors-windows, electrical, equipment,
finishes, furnishings, general heating, cooling and ventilation, masonry, metals,
plumbing, services, sitework, thermal-moisture, and wood-plastic.
Oikos link - http://oikos.com/green_products/index.php
GREEN DEPOT (RETAIL STORE)
Founded in 2005, Green Depot is the nation's leading supplier of environmentally friendly building products,
services and home solutions. The company's mission is to make green building products
readily accessible, affordable and gratifying so that sustainable practices can easily
be adopted into standard construction operations.
Green Depot link - http://www.greendepot.com/greendepot/default.asp?&s_id=0
HEALTH & SAFETY ADVANTAGES
Better indoor air quality can improve health and productivity and reduce liability risks.
HEALTHIER AND SAFER INDOOR EVIRONMENTS - Americans spend 80% to 90% of their time indoors; therefore, the quality of indoor environment is very important for health, productivity, and quality of life.
Productivity can be increased, absenteeism reduced, and morale improved. People like working, going to school, and doing other indoor activities in spaces that use green design strategies.
HEATHIER OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTS - By reducing environmental pollutants, the need for landfills, and other environmental degradation, green design results in healthier outdoor environments as well.
PERSONAL SATISFACTION - Occupants of green buildings tend to find these buildings very pleasant. This is reflected in less absenteeism and greater productivity.