Category Archives: Sustainable Buildings

America’s Greenest Companies

green companiesAmerica progresses toward a greener future every day, but some do so faster than others. These green companies should be seen as the trailblazers and front-runners in the ongoing push for better energy efficiency, reduced waste and a cleaner environment.

Allergan is a health care company committed to environmental awareness and efficiency. This company is perhaps best-known for botox – a market predicted to exceed $2 billion by 2018 in the US alone. This potential for growth makes Allergan’s dedication to eco-consciousness even better news. Allergan started several energy efficiency projects and improved their waste management strategies drastically in recent years. A new solar panel installed at their Irvine, California HQ reduced electricity consumption by 11% from 2011 to 2012. On top of working within their own company to stay green, Allergan participates in numerous programs to help other companies improve their energy efficiency.

Adobe is a true pioneer in green strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Their significant investments in renewable energy technologies yielded multiple innovative strategies for powering many of their own facilities. Adobe is one very few of their size with a goal of total carbon neutrality by just 2015, and they have inspired many with their remarkable green building standards.

The next three names on Newsweek’s rankings are all materials manufacturing companies, which is undoubtedly a bright sign of things to come. Ball Corporation, Ecolab and Sigma-Aldrich rank 3-5, and should each be honored for their contributions to energy efficiency and sustainability. These green companies scored 70% or higher in energy productivity, 75% or higher in carbon productivity and 76% or higher in water productivity.

Ball Corp. uses their considerable influence in an impressively influential and positive manner. Several environmental initiatives this company involves itself in work tirelessly to improve efficiency abroad.

Ecolab uses their innovative and eco-conscious technologies to help other companies as large as PepsiCo to improve their company standards.

Sigma-Aldrich showed impressive dedication in reducing their water consumption in recent years, and also created a remarkable project that helps them to identify chances to reduce carbon emissions and fuel consumption by using the sea instead of the sky for shipping.

This constant, positive change inspires many companies to improve their sustainability efforts, and Class-G is proud to help by offering low entry barriers for certification and guidance for improved energy efficiency and sustainable management strategies.

Green Building Certification Made Easy

class-g sustainability plaqueMany organizations and businesses today are becoming more environmentally aware than ever before. Clients and potential investors, too, are beginning to favor organizations that facilitate green building initiatives and sustainability measures. Earning a certification for fostering an eco-friendly environment is important for many organizations. With the help of Class-G, you can easily gauge the sustainability efforts of all your locations and earn certifications to demonstrate it online.

Maximize and Promote Sustainability

Thanks to the various tools and resources provided by Class-G, it’s much easier to develop a comprehensive approach to sustainability for virtually any organization, especially those with multiple locations as these are even more difficult to manage. With Class-G, companies can acquire valuable insights about how to boost your environmental efforts and receive recognition for your organization’s pre-existing facility eco-friendly endeavors. Your organization’s positive endeavors will be also published online by Class-G, alongside hundreds of other prominent, green-certified locations.

Fair, Simple and Affordable Certification

In as little as 60 minutes you can get a measured evaluation of the sustainability of each of your locations and be certified immediately. After completing a 100+ question checklist regarding your organization’s environmentally-friendly initiatives, a sustainability score will be calculated. Once completed, a plaque will be sent to you to proudly display at each location. While LEED certification demands overwhelming prerequisites to qualify, and an onerous amount of time and talent to accomplish, earning an objective certification through Class-G is a straightforward, efficient process.

No Costly Renovations Needed

Earning a LEED certification often requires thousands of dollars in renovations to any one location. Other times, LEED requires that a building be constructed to very particular standards before even being considered to qualify. For many organizations, this can be difficult if not impossible to accomplish, especially if the facilities are in existing buildings. With Class-G, your organization is evaluated by factors such as energy, water and waste reduction, air quality, materials used and more. The use of green building materials for roofing, insulation or infrastructure will also help you earn a higher rating. Simply using CFL light bulbs or recycling everyday office materials should be lauded and rewarded.

The best part is that you don’t need to spend an enormous amount of money to do a comprehensive sustainability evaluation. With Class-G, everything can be done online. Class-G aims to ensure every organization receives the recognition they deserve for improving the environment. Any effort, big or small, is worth applauding.

Showcase your commitment to a better environmental future by earning a sustainability certification through Class-G. You will attract new clients, employees and investors to your organization by simply helping to make the world a cleaner, healthier place. Moreover, you will identify dozens and dozens of sustainability initiatives that you can accomplish in any of your locations that will save you money. Besides saving the planet… saving money is what sustainability is all about.

Green Building Materials – Selection and Criteria

green buildingWhen building or remodeling a structure, it is important to select green building materials for your project to ensure you meet the requirements for a green building certification. Fortunately, many of the products in today’s marketplace meet EPA standards for green certification while providing durable and aesthetically pleasing options for your project. In order to meet green standards, materials are evaluated using the following criteria.

Indoor Air Quality

To receive a green building certification, materials must provide customers with the highest standard for indoor air quality. This means minimal chemical emissions with few or no carcinogens. These products resist moisture, reducing the likelihood of mold growth. Additionally, they can be successfully maintained and cleaned with minimal chemical treatments.

Reusable or Renewable Resources

Green building materials are made from either recycled or renewable sources, which reduces deforesting and waste. Additionally, these items are often manufactured or harvested locally and can be broken down and reused, completing the Life-Cycle Assessment. To meet these criteria, materials must be certified by an independent third party.

Energy Efficiency

Green materials reduce the amount of energy consumption required to operate a home or office. They incorporate alternative forms of energy, thermal efficiency, load reduction and energy waste reduction to minimize the energy footprint of a home or office. Furthermore, these products are manufactured using energy efficient technology and methods.

Water Conservation

Water efficiency is particularly important in commercial structures. To meet green building certification, products must have been manufactured using techniques that prevent pollutants from entering into the local water supply. Products reduce water waste by managing internal systems for maximum efficiency and use.  These materials will also assist with the recycling of non-potable water for use in site irrigation systems.

For more information about green building certification, contact us at Class G.