Green Building, LEED, and Energy Efficient Building Strategies

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.

LaFontaine Highland Dealership: LEED Gold, Annual Energy Savings of 42% and less than 5 year payback period on Energy Efficient Investments

“I could never have realized as much marketing exposure if I had spent my energy upgrade dollars instead on traditional marketing techniques.”
    Ryan LaFontaine
    LaFontaine Cadillac

Click to watch our Green Building story.

Sustainable Building

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

NADA: A Dealership Guide to turning Energy into Profits (PDF)

Green Dealership Case Study (PDF)

$1 Reduction in Utility Bill = $20 Increase in Appraisal Value Report (PDF)

Tax/Financial Incentives

Energy Efficiency Incentives (PDF)

Smart Buildings Detroit Incentives (PDF)

Brownfield Redevelopment Incentives (PDF)

LaFontaine Official StoryBoard (PDF)

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

Official Project Storyboard (PDF)

Warren Samberg, Owner and Architect (WEBSITE)

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.