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Use of Skylight and Solar Tubes provide natural daylight to over 75% of the building occupants, and over 90% have a direct line of sight view to the outside.
Geothermal heating and cooling reduces the building's annual energy use by 40% compared to a conventional HVAC system.
The car wash system recycles 85% of the water normally wasted in a conventional carwash.
The roof has a solar reflectance index (SRI) of greater than 78, allowing the roof to reduce building heat-gain and save on summertime air conditioning expenditures.
Hydraulic lifts utilize vegetable oil based fluids rather than caustic ones.
Outdoor Air Ventilation has been increased by over 30% from the minimum rates to provide occupants with high quality air. All wood has no Urea-Formaldehyde, and all paints, adhesives and sealants have low Volatile Organic Compounds to decrease the air contanimants for building occupants.
Increased Energy Efficiency
Improved Indoor Environmental Quality
Reduced Maintenance Costs
Increase Appraisal Value of Building
Light Pollution Reduction
Water Use Reduction
Use of Regional and Recycled Materials
Sustainable Site Development
Longer Life Span Due to Better Design
Green Innovation and Design Strategy Development
LEED Certification Requirements
Payback Analysis of Renewable Energy, and Energy Efficiency Investments
Energy Efficiency Retrofits
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tax Credits/Incentives Assessment
Green Building Research
Green Building is a building approach that focuses on energy-efficiency, occupant safety and comfort, environmental friendliness, and operating-cost reductions. There are many benefits, both tangible and intangible, to green building, and Bloom’s expert understanding of green building techniques and its LEED certified professionals can help any client to meet its entire building strategy objective.
Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings
Energy efficient techniques can be easily implemented into a project to help reduce the operating costs over the useful life of the building while adding little and in many cases no extra cost. Here is a table of some of the cost effective green strategies that we have used on other building projects to help realize energy cost savings of 10-30% annually.
|Green Building Strategy||Cost Premium|
|Higher R-Value Insulation||Low|
|Low Flow Plumbing Fixtures||Low|
|T-8 and T-5 Fluorescent Lighting Fixtures||No Cost Premium|
|Skylights, Solar Tubes for Natural Day lighting||Low|
|A White Highly Reflective Roof||No Cost Premium|
|Higher Rated Window Glazing||Low|
|Photo Sensors and Timers to Control Lighting||Low|
|Renewable Energy System||High|
|An Energy Management System||Medium|
University of Michigan Student Housing Project
Energy efficient lighting, low E-glass windows, Geothermal Heating and Cooling, and a well-insulated building envelope all contributed to a calculated energy use reduction of 51% for this project. The energy use reduction, accompanied by zero irrigation requirements due to use of native plants, recycled materials, low toxic paints and finishes, and a rain garden system for stormwater management makes this truly a sustainable building.