Building for Sustainability with Programs and Certifications
Green building and sustainability program requirements are becoming more important priorities for an increasing number of architects, engineers and property owners. The expectation for metal building systems is no exception, especially due to the benefits, durability and recyclability of steel. One of the most commonly used sets of guidelines across the industry was recently adopted in Canada by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). With this LEED® program, initiated by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), an architect or engineer can earn points when specified design and construction criteria are met under the LEED® program, allowing the project to be certified as platinum, gold, silver or certified level.
As these initiatives continue to gain popularity, other programs are being developed to create more oversight and incentives for responsible building. The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) developed the Living Building Challenge (LBC) to establish more stringent guidelines for building materials and products. The LBC program includes a certification process that focuses on three key areas: the product’s origins, its ingredients and where it will go at the end of its life.
Learn more about these industry certifications, programs and how Robertson Building Systems has been providing customers with a wide variety of sustainable building options, helping to mitigate energy consumption and provide innovative solutions for customers.