The U.S. Green Building Council defines green building as “the weaving together of many energy-efficient, resource-efficient and people-friendly practices in the responsible design and construction of our buildings and living environments.” That applies to each of us every day in more ways than we think. It’s not just new buildings but our existing structures, surrounding environment and personal lives that will benefit.
Green building is a process of consciously thinking how to reduce our personal and global impact on our environment. The goals are: • Efficient use of energy, water and all other natural and material resources • Protecting our personal and global health while improving human productivity • Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation
What makes the Lofts so green? There are many construction details which were worked into this building to make it energy efficient and very green. Even little details such as proximity to the campus bus stop and extra bike racks are great because it provides the tenants with alternative methods of transportation which reduces everyone's carbon footprint.
The exterior panels of the building are made from over 20% recycled materials, these panels are lightweight and make construction quick and efficient, they also come in some very playful colors as our building demonstrates.
The property also has what is called a rain garden, it is a much prettier solution to handling rain water runoff, the pond which is located outside the south building is an integral part of the rain garden which helps to remove the water in an efficient and clean manner. With all the energy efficiency weaved throughout the community - the residents enjoy the low cost of their only utility bill - electricity.
These are only a few examples of the many details which ave been worked into the building and property here at Redstone Lofts.