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    Sustainability

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SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

Holmes Electric Co. is pleased to be a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and proud to do our part in the construction of sustainable buildings.

 

USGBC’S MISSION

To transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices. USGBC is composed of more than 13,500 organizations from across the building industry that are working to advance structures that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. Members includes building owners and end-users, real estate developers, facility managers, architects, designers, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, product and building system manufacturers, government agencies, and nonprofits.

The USGBC certifies sustainable businesses, homes, hospitals, schools, and neighborhoods and is dedicated to expanding green building practices and education through its LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™.

 

LEED RATING SYSTEM

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Developed by the USGBC, LEED addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED is a practical rating tool for green building design and construction that provides immediate and measurable results for building owners and occupants.  Based on a system of prerequisites and credits, LEED projects earn points during the certification process and then are awarded one of the four certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Lean Construction is a production management-based approach to project delivery that, when applied to construction, changes the way work is done throughout the delivery process. Lean Construction extends from the objectives of a lean production system – maximize value and minimize waste – to specific techniques, and applies them in a new project delivery process.

 

RESULTS OF LEED CONSTRUCTION:

  • The facility and its delivery process are designed together to better reveal and support customer purposes. Positive iteration within the process is supported and negative repetition is reduced.
  • Work is structured throughout the process to maximize value and to reduce waste at the project delivery level.
  • Efforts to manage and improve performance are aimed at improving total project performance because it is more important than reducing the cost or increasing the speed of any activity.
  • “Control” is redefined from “monitoring results” to “making things happen.” Performance of planning and control systems is measured and improved.

 

The reliable release of work between specialists in design, supply and installation assures that value is delivered to the customer and waste is reduced. Lean Construction is particularly useful on complex and quick projects – it challenges the belief that there must always be a trade-off between time, cost, and quality.

Holmes Electric takes Lean Construction a step further. Our Agile Construction Advantage allows our project teams to react to daily schedule changes and stay well ahead of the curve while remaining within the same basic work plan. Planning and productivity are paramount in our project management processes, and the results both increase value and reduce waste.