A green building incorporates environmental considerations into every stage of the building construction and focuses on the design, construction, operation and maintenance phases. The key process difference between green and conventional buildings is the concept of integration, whereby a multi-disciplinary team of building professionals work together from the pre-design phase through post-occupancy to optimize the building for environmental sustainability, performance, and cost saving. Olson Steel has significant experience with the construction of Green Buildings.
Green buildings offer widespread benefits to a number of building industry stakeholders, including building occupants and society as a whole. Green buildings typically incorporate superior air quality, abundant natural light, access to views and noise control which benefits building occupants, making these building better places to work or live. The major considerations taken into account are the lot design and development efficiency, energy and water efficiency, resource efficiency, indoor environmental quality and the building’s overall impact on the environment.
Olson Steel has been working with key innovators of Green Building professionals throughout California for the last 50 years, collaborating with architects, developers, building owners and general contractors to derive at an enhanced platform that utilizes many years of experience in constructing and maximizing buildings with environmental sustainability.
Over the years Olson Steel has become a market leader in working strategically with building professionals to help establish green building products that can be easily implemented into the design phase of the building innovation. Olson Steel's long standing reputation as a fully integrated steel fabricator and erector has provided the proper platform as the go to steel company to help in assisting in designing, fabricating and erecting a variety of Green Building Products.
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Olson Steel has also formed strategic partnerships that help provide alternative platforms for enhancing Green Building capabilities.
Green buildings not only contribute towards a sustainable construction and environment but it also brings lots of benefits and advantages to building owners and users. Lower development costs, lower operating costs, increased comforts, healthier indoor environment quality, and enhanced durability and less maintenance costs are hallmarks of a typical green building.
Olson Steel has played a critical role in the construction of many LEED certified Office towers, educational facilities, entertainment facilities, Hospitals, energy plants, waste water plants, dairies, and many other Green Buildings that have required the expertise of Olson Steel's team in working collaboratively with the other building professionals to help construct these environmentally sustainable buildings. Olson's professionals are educated on an on-going basis the latest ways to incorporate "green” practices into our designs and have strong experience at meeting customers’ sustainability goals.
Green building existed before LEED, and even before USGBC was established in 1993. Many great green buildings ideas were being circulated and used prior to LEED's development in the mid to late '90s, but there was no central mechanism for codifying them or ensuring their effective implementation. As USGBC Senior Vice President of LEED Scot Horst has noted, LEED's development grew from a recognition that, "There's all these amazing things that people are doing, so let's write them down in a list, and say that if you do so many of them, that's an environmental structure."
Today, a LEED plaque is a universal mark of distinction, signifying that the building was constructed or is being operated to be healthy, high-performing and resource efficient. More than 60,000 commercial projects worldwide are participating in LEED, with 1.7 million square feet certifying every day. LEED has also spawned an entire green building industry, expected to be worth up to $248 billion in the U.S. by 2016.