Building Green

Building Green

BJ&K Construction is an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council. The guidelines set forth by USGBC have set new standards that helped embark a new path for construction and design in today's world, consistently focusing on the environment and the sustainability of the future.

With having LEED® Accredited Professional's on staff, we are striving to be among the leaders in the construction industry, pushing to educate clients and end users as to the benefits of Building Green, because everyone profits. Better indoor air quality, reduction in electricity and water consumption, use of renewable materials, and an overall smaller impact on the surrounding environment are only a few of the positives that can be achieved by Building Green.

Our efforts are of a continuing nature. In the field, such as the proudly built Tallman Pines Apartments, the first LEED Silver certified apartment project in South Florida, and in the office with ideas like our paper recycling program.

Building Green is not only good and environmentally responsible, it is a necessity.

Please read below for some important statistics and information provided by USGBC.

In the United States alone, buildings account for:

  • 72% of electricity consumption,
  • 39% of energy use,
  • 38% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions,
  • 40% of raw materials use,
  • 30% of waste output (136 million tons annually), and
  • 14% of potable water consumption.

Benefits

Environmental benefits:

  • Enhance and protect ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Improve air and water quality
  • Reduce solid waste
  • Conserve natural resources

Economic benefits:

  • Reduce operating costs
  • Enhance asset value and profits
  • Improve employee productivity and satisfaction
  • Optimize life-cycle economic performance

Health and community benefits:

  • Improve air, thermal, and acoustic environments
  • Enhance occupant comfort and health
  • Minimize strain on local infrastructure
  • Contribute to overall quality of life

These statistics and more are available on the U.S. Green Building Council's website. There is also additional information regarding the LEED certification process, education, research, access to the certified project database, and news & events. Please visit www.usgbc.org.