Green Building practices promote construction of buildings that are healthier for the occupants and healthier for the environment. The policy of GreenCity Lofts, LLC is to establish sustainability as a priority and further demonstrate our commitment to the environment.
Sustainable or “green” building practices can reduce the tremendous impact that building design, construction and maintenance has on both people and nature. According to the U.S. Department of Energy's Center for Sustainable Development, buildings consume 40% of the world's total energy, 25% of its wood harvest and 16% of its water. Energy and material consumption in buildings can contribute significantly to global climate change.
Sustainable building practices go beyond energy and water conservation to incorporate environmentally sensitive site planning, resource efficient building materials and superior indoor environmental quality. Some of the key benefits are:
• Environmentally effective use of building materials
Hydronic radiant floor heating: Uses a gas-fired boiler to heat water up to 130 degrees and a pump to circulate the water through plastic pipes embedded in the concrete sub-floor. The pipes conduct the warmth to the surface of the floor, where it radiates heat into the room, saving 20 to 40 percent of the cost over conventional methods. Radiant heat systems eliminate the noise and draft of forced-air systems, so dust and germs aren't blown around.