the stages of sustainable building
A commitment to sustainable building isn’t about checking off a single box. It’s a way of thinking that starts at the very beginning of the design stage and carries through the lifetime of a building. Here are 12 factors to consider through the stages of sustainable building. Talk to us about how Kalwall can help you address each of these factors.
Sustainability starts at the earliest stages. An integrated design approach that includes properly planning daylighting is at the core of constructing high-performance buildings. Daylighting plays a critical role in ensuring a sustainable design that creates a positive and productive environment for the people inside and, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, reduces as much as one-third of total building energy costs.
At the design stage, Kalwall can help you address:
- Optimal Daylighting
- Energy Efficiency
- Plant + Animal Protection (Bird strike, light pollution, plant growth)
While a sustainable building design results in long-term savings, the proper project management finds ways to lower costs during construction. Being able to bring in pre-assembled curtainwall or Skyroofs® reduces on-site labor and allow for better adherence to timelines.
At the construction stage, Kalwall can help you address:
- Quick Installation
- Structural Performance
Safety, comfort and productivity. Those are the three most important factors to ensure the long-term well-being of a building’s occupants. According to a study by researchers at Harvard, one of the most notable benefits of building sustainably is that the occupants are generally more satisfied with the indoor air quality.
At the occupancy stage, Kalwall can help you address:
- Health & Comfort
- Safety and Security
Green building practices result in reduced waste and increased profits. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, sustainable design will lead to buildings that are “reducing carbon emissions, energy and waste; conserving water; prioritizing safer materials; and lowering our exposure to toxins.” Annual budgets are impacted by reduced maintenance and increased durability of materials.
For a project’s lifetime, Kalwall can help you address:
- Low maintenance
- Long Service Life
Kalwall has been incorporated into the designs of over 1000 LEED® certified projects. Kalwall has also been specified in multiple Net Zero Energy Buildings and BREEAM® projects. View our portfolio for reference sustainable projects.