Green Building Benefits from Star
What is green building? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a green building, or sustainable building, is the practice of creating and using healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance demolition and disposal. Star is the company to help you in each of these categories.
A green building has characteristics that maximize the positive impacts from its existence while minimizing the negative ones – from construction all the way through the end of the building’s useful life. These green building characteristics are measured against three criteria:
This concept has been developed extensively by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and is commonly referred to as the triple bottom line. It is the mission of a green building to be a positive in all three areas, and the LEED program provides quantitative measures to ensure this mission is successful.
- The environmental impact the building will have now and in the future when considering such factors as energy use, efficient use of space, recyclability and the materials used for construction, all in an effort to conserve natural resources.
- The economic impact, such as lowering operating costs, enhancing asset value, improving productivity, as well as optimizing lifecycle performance.
- Health and community, through the improvement of air quality, occupant comfort and overall health conditions.
The USGBC cites the following advantages for green building:
- A decrease in a building’s operational costs and increase energy savings;
- Reduce solid waste;
- Enhanced asset value and profits;
- Improved employee productivity and satisfaction;
- Optimize lifecycle economic performance;
- Improve air, thermal and acoustic environments;
- Contribute to overall quality of life.
Green Building Construction
Star’s metal roof and wall panels consist of a minimum of 25 percent post-consumer recycled material. Our structural members can contain 30 to 50 percent or higher post-consumer recycled material. By using Star’s insulated metal panels, you can often reduce the amount of structural support needed for a building envelope due to the strength of the IMPs versus single skin systems.
Star has manufacturing companies strategically located throughout the United States, maximizing the amount of material manufactured within a 500 miles radius of most points in the U.S.
Green Building Renovation
For building owners, operators and architects looking to enhance the performance of or obtain LEED Certification on an existing building, Star’s NuRoof® Retrofit Roofing System is the answer. NuRoof® is a light-gauge framing system oftentimes utilizing our metal roof panels, which helps increase the thermal efficiency of a building, offers a sloped roof system to enhance the aesthetics of a building and improve water runoff, and is designed to meet wind load requirements. A 2007 USCOE technical bulletin points out that 7 to 10 percent of U.S. landfill space has gone to roofing waste over the last 40 years. Since NuRoof typically goes right over an existing roof without removing all of it, this impact is minimized.
Green Building Operations
Star offers cool roofing colors for all of our metal roof panels. When used on an appropriate building and site, a cool roof can reduce energy consumption, providing significant cost savings in many parts of the country while helping to mitigate urban heat islands. Metal roofs also work well for rainwater harvesting.
Insulated metal panels provide effective insulation systems for buildings and have long-term impacts on the environment due to their ability to reduce energy use. Depending on the application IMPs can provide significant HVAC energy cost savings on your bill over traditional systems. Also, the lower peak heating and cooling loads experienced when using insulated panel systems can significantly reduce the required capacity of the HVAC system, resulting in up-front cost savings by utilizing smaller equipment.
Green Building Maintenance
Star metal roof and wall panels allow owners low maintenance costs due to the durability of our products. According to the AISI, metal roofs last between 40 and 60 years. Properly designed metal roofs will also withstand strong winds and snow loads. The strength of our insulated metal panels is beneficial as they are also fire, wind, hail, water, insect and rodent resistant.
Green Building Demolition
Star’s metal roof and wall panels, structural members and other accessories composed of metal are virtually 100 percent recyclable when removed from a building, as opposed to many conventional, non-metal construction materials, which are taken to landfills. According to the American Iron and Steel Institute, steel is the most recycled material in North America, with an annual average recycling rate of 70 percent. Furthermore, new steel made with recycled material uses as little as 26 percent of the amount of energy required to manufacture steel from iron and other naturally extracted materials.