Title

"From the Ground Up" piece on the increasing popularity of green construction in

Authors

Scott Tompkins

Source

Mainebiz

Date

1-14-2008

Pages

12

Abstract

"From the Ground Up" piece on the increasing popularity of green construction in Maine. Of the dozen or so Maine buildings currently Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified, only two house private commercial enterprises. Last year the state celebrated its first two commercial buildings to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Olympia Equity Investors dedicated its LEED certified office building at 50 Sewall Street in Portland, and Saco & Biddeford Savings opened its LEED silver certified operations center in Saco. Among the nearly 25 Maine buildings registered and awaiting LEED certification are several office buildings and medical facilities, a hotel and a manufacturing plant. Basic LEED certification adds a negligible 0.66 percent to a project's cost. Promoters of eco-friendly construction should emphasize the benefits for employee health and productivity, along with energy-savings and use of sustainable materials.

Subjects

Green technology, Construction industry

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