Strong Supporters of Sustainable Construction
Direct Steel and Construction utilizes LEED AP and Green Associate credentials to address the total impact on resources needed to build, operate, and reuse a building. Contact us in Crystal Lake, Illinois, to go over our sustainable construction methods in detail.
Potential Energy Savings
Heating, cooling, and ventilation of a typical commercial building account for 31% of the electricity consumption, excluding the industrial sector. Additionally, 38% of the total electricity is used for indoor lighting (Energy Information Administration 2008).
ASHRAE and IECC, the main regulatory bodies for energy standards, are estimating that energy codes will become 30% more stringent over the next 5 years. Their goals are to continue driving the movement to increase energy efficiency as evident in several new energy-related standards that have been recently introduced (MBMA Association Energy Design Guide 2010).
The AIA has adopted the Architecture 2030 Challenge to design, construct, and operate buildings using drastically lower amounts of fossil fuel generated. This is authorized by the Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative.
Environmental & Economic Evaluations
Life-cycle assessment (LCA) and life-cycle costing (LCC) are becoming more essential in the selection of material and building systems. We understand the importance of analyzing the effects on our environment and cost factors.