By Brent Sauser
The movement toward sustainable design and construction is not a simple transition that will occur overnight. It involves rethinking every facet of how we have done things in the past, and ask ourselves if there is a faster, better, safer, cheaper, and “greener” way to do it. Over the past 20 years many have embraced this question and have introduced to the design and building market countless products, systems, and innovations. Taken as a whole, these innovations have helped to conserve energy, reduce waste, provide a healthier indoor air quality, and encourage a more sensitive approach to our built environment. It would be a challenge for you to think of any building-related products that have NOT been influenced by the Green Movement. Green organizations have taken root promoting a sustainable approach to building, such as (to name a few):
- US Green Building Council-LEED (USGBC)
- Green Globes (Canadian based certification system)
- BREEAM (UK and Europe certification system)
- DGNB (European certification system)
- Energy Star (Energy efficient appliances and other products)
- Water Sense (High efficiency plumbing fixtures that conserve water)
- Cradle to Cradle (Environmentally sensitive approach to creation of products from inception to ease of reuse)
- The Living Building Challenge (Defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment)
Defender Technologies has taken on the traditional ways to build walls, and has created “a better mouse trap”. Please refer to the two videos below. Not only is this new wall system environmentally sensitive, but will withstand the devastating wind forces from tornadoes and hurricanes. This new system uses less wood, and provides a safe, energy efficient shell due to the thermal mass of the building envelope. This system also resists fire, water intrusion, and termites. I invite you to take a close look at this product, especially if you are planning to build in the southeast region, or anywhere near Oklahoma. I am told that costs are comparable to wood stud construction.
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