A Focus on Green Building and Environmentally Friendly Construction Practices

There have been many advancements in the construction industry over the last couple of decades, to be sure, but perhaps none that have received more attention than the concept of green building and earth-friendly construction practices.

Going green means different things to different people. To some, it means dozens of solar panels, a giant wind turbine or ground wells to provide geothermal hot water.

But today’s green building techniques are much more subtle, and not nearly as noticeable when driving or walking by a residential community. These are features like tankless hot water heaters, bamboo flooring, central vacuum cleaners and more environmentally friendly building materials.

Building Green Illustration

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Newly constructed homes using green technology are generally rated using a score established by the Residential Services Network, commonly referred to as a HERS Score.

Based on the home’s plans, the Home Energy Rater uses a software package to perform an energy analysis of the home’s design, which yields a projected HERS Index. The lower the HERS rating, the more energy efficient the home.

Similar grading methods can be used to determine how environmentally friendly a commercial structure is, which is obviously where Whayland’s area of expertise lies.

Constructing a green building really boils down to energy efficiency; many buyers are interested in helping the environment, but just as many, if not more, are interested in saving a few dollars on their utility bills.

Delaware has long been at the forefront when it comes to renewable energy installations on existing homes, often ranking in the top 10 in the country in the number of renewable energy installations per capita.

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And the Whayland Co., has long been a proponent of green building practices, both personally and through agreements with some of its partners. Earlier this decade, the company began offering its clients solar energy installations while also installing solar panels at its own warehouse in Delmar.

But the company can offer much more than just solar panels to its clients, including a whole collection of so-called “green” building options from Butler Building Systems, one of its main suppliers.

A member of the United States Green Building Council, Butler provides products to Whayland and scores of other contracting companies across the country with an eye toward environmentally friendly construction.

US Green Building Council

Butler, as well as Whayland, does this in many ways, including using salvaged and recycled products, utilizing reusable materials, using structural finishes that meet or exceed current Environmental Protection Agency regulations and using products that are incredibly energy efficient.

The environmentally friendly options for commercial buildings, including solar panel installation, is just one of the many features offered by the Whayland, Co., for decades one of Delmarva’s leading construction management firms.

To learn more about the services offered by Whayland, visit the Services Page on our website.


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