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Top 3 Urban Design Trends for 2019

February 21st, 2019 Posted by Aesthetics And Renovations No Comment yet

When it comes to architecture and city planning, trends and styles are always changing to suit the tastes of society. In a time where companies are becoming more aware of the needs of the environment, architects are taking up the challenge to create a greener and more sustainable world.

Here are the top 3 trends that are set to dominate architecture in 2019.

#1 Making Cities Pedestrian-Friendly

The carbon footprint of automobiles is a well-known environmental danger, and while some manufacturers are trying to create cars that are purely electric, architects and city planners are trying to remove the need for cars entirely.

Pedestrian-friendly cities exist all across the globe, with cities like Copenhagen and Dubrovnik even mandating that their populations move away from automobiles. These cities inspire many American architects, who are redesigning cities like Seattle, WA and Alpharetta, GA, to discard their cars and embrace a more active lifestyle.

#2 Including Cutting Edge and Energy-Friendly Technology

Climate change and sustainable energy are concerning us all, but governments, architects, and scientists are working together to create better solutions.

New buildings, such as the Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, are being constructed with renewable energies and innovative materials in mind, greatly offsetting their carbon footprint and inspiring designers all across the country.

Construction companies are seeing how valuable a “platinum” certification from the LEED program can be, motivating the construction of more of these sustainable structures in the near future.

#3 Making Buildings Future-Proof

For modern architects, it isn’t enough to simply solve today’s problems. They need to prepare cities for the concerns of tomorrow as well. Factors like demographic shifts and environmental changes are constantly being considered by designers, with the aging U.S. population leading to an improvement in the accessibility of homes.

In the past, buildings that focused too much on style over substance are now being mocked by experts for their inflexibility. Construction companies must now look to strike a practical balance between the two.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard-working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA online or at (877) 810-7473.

Top 3 Fastest Growing Careers in Green Construction

February 19th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

As we’ve said in previous blogs, the American construction industry is undergoing a green transformation, promoting a healthy planet and a booming economy. Let’s take a look at some of the highest-demand construction jobs that focus on green energy.

#1: Water Quality Technicians

The lack of clean water supplies for cities, such as Flint, MI, is a hot topic across the country. Because of this, cities & construction companies are looking for water quality technicians who can ensure resource stability for new developments.

With an Associates Degree, water quality technicians are very knowledgeable and receive an average of $60,000 per year for their services. If you have a passion for construction as well as environmental sustainability, this might be the perfect job for you.

#2: Solar Panel Technicians

Solar panels are becoming increasingly affordable and are straight-forward to install as well. This means that companies who want to do their part to save the planet should include them in their construction plans.

Solar panels have been installed at over 7,000 sites across the country, and construction companies need more solar panel technicians if they want to keep up with the demand. Wages differ from state to state, but the average solar panel technician in California takes home a staggering $84,000 per year. Do you have what it takes to become one?

#3: Green Designers and Architects

Companies aren’t just looking for skilled technicians to work at the job site, they’re also looking for green architects and designers to plan and execute these environmental systems. Of all green construction jobs, green designers and architects are probably the most in demand, as sustainable building designs make up the majority of construction projects today.

Designers and architects are paid accordingly, with the average individual making over $70,000 a year. This is a highly technical field, however, and companies expect a bachelors degree or more from potential designer candidates.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard-working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA online or at (877) 810-7473.

The Many Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting

February 13th, 2019 Posted by Environment No Comment yet

Green energy is becoming more popular than ever. Whether it’s solar panels, wind turbines, or other methods, 18% of all electricity in the United States is now created using renewable resources.

Although its legality has differed from state to state, the Rainwater Collection Act means Californians can now begin harvesting rainwater.

What is Rainwater Harvesting?

Rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting rainfall into large containers and using it for household tasks and irrigation. Collection systems can vary from household to household; some residences have a simple barrel placed beneath a downspout while others have elaborate collection vats connected by a series of pipes. With areas of northern California receiving an average of 40 inches per year, there is plenty of opportunity for homeowners to take advantage of this resource.

What are the Advantages of Rainwater Harvesting?

The primary goal of rainwater harvesting, as outlined by communities like Berkeley, is to provide an alternative water supply for landscape irrigation. The average summer temperature can reach highs of 92℉, so lawns and gardens can become parched if left unwatered for too long. This problem is only further exacerbated by California’s recent droughts.

Rainwater harvesting is not only a great way for homeowners to save money, but also to preserves local aquifers in case of future emergencies. It also limits the amount of stormwater that would normally runoff through the property. Stormwater picks up dangerous pesticides and pollutants while passing to the ocean, and can contaminate pristine areas and bodies of water. By gathering this stormwater and using it, you will preserve these areas and restrict pesticides to an enclosed and manageable environment.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard-working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA online or at (877) 810-7473.

NASA’s Ames Sustainability Base: The Future of Federal Construction

February 11th, 2019 Posted by Architecture No Comment yet

Ever since the signing of executive order 13514 by President Obama, US federal departments and agencies have been mandated to make their buildings and operations as eco-friendly as possible. While various department plans are being drafted, the greatest example of this environmental commitment is in the NASA Ames Sustainability Base.

What is the NASA Ames Sustainability Base?

The Ames Sustainability Base is NASA’s latest addition to the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. The idea for the facility began in 2007 when NASA launched their “Renovation by Replacement” campaign to upgrade their worksite conditions for the humans inside and the environment outside. Among the 60 federal facilities that are up for LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification, the Ames Sustainability Base is one of the very few businesses to earn the platinum certification.

What Makes the Ames Sustainability Base Different?

The reason the Ames Sustainability Base is a technological marvel is because NASA has taken their design philosophy for space missions and applied it to architecture. The high energy needs of the facility are greatly supported by green technologies, including on-site solar panels, geothermal wells, and a non-combustion Bloom Energy box.

Water reclamation is an important feature for NASA space missions, but it can also be used to great effect down here on Earth. By filtering water from toilets and urinals, NASA plans to cut down on water consumption by 90% and use the reclaimed water for local irrigation.

When it comes to the structure of the facility, many of the materials and pieces of furniture are made with recycled materials, including metals and wood from prior NASA projects.

Environmental technology is also present in the landscape around the building, primarily through the use of stone bioswales that filter pollution out of the earth.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard-working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA online or at (877) 810-7473.

Benefits of Reducing Construction & Demolition Waste

February 8th, 2019 Posted by Green Construction No Comment yet

Construction & Demolition (C&D) is one of the messiest industries on the planet, especially when it comes to the waste left behind. Whether communities are being built up or torn down, the bricks, concrete, wood, and piping left over can create a serious burden on the local environment. According to the EPA, over 540 million tons of debris was created by American C&D companies in 2015—the same weight as over 100 Great Pyramids of Giza!

Here are some of the major benefits created by reducing, reusing, and recycling the waste left at C&D sites.

Construction Waste is an Economic Boost

Although it may be simpler to haul the piles of waste off to a landfill and forget about them, the materials left after a demolition project can be quite valuable. Wood products are the most versatile of construction waste, as companies can recycle them into furniture and sell them, a trend that is quite popular with young homeowners. Metal and wood products can also be reused by construction companies as a cheaper material, lowering the building cost of new properties and welcoming more buyers.

Salvaging and recycling construction waste is big business, with over 230,000 jobs being created in 2007 alone to handle all of the recycled material, and many more for investment and expansion.

Building a Better Environment

The US produces a staggering amount of construction waste every year, and that waste hurts the environment in different ways over the course of its life.

The creation of construction materials, specifically steel and concrete, is an intensive process with large amounts of resources used and CO2 expelled. By leaving them in a landfill, that damaging process has been wasted and will be repeated to create replacement items.

Recycling construction waste benefits the environment by cutting down the extraction of virgin resources, as it returns the usable materials to the construction industry and limits the demand for newer products.

Landfills are also an environmentally precarious area, with many of them set to close due to overfilling. By reusing construction materials that would normally be abandoned, the burden for landfills to breakdown their contents is lessened and long-term environmental healing is made possible.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard-working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA online or at (877) 810-7473.

How Green Engineering Is Reshaping the Construction Industry

February 5th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

The construction industry is going through a profound transformation as the world becomes more aware of the importance of sustainability. Concepts like green engineering are gaining popularity whereas old practices that harm the environment are fading away. The result is the rise of a new generation of buildings that are economically viable, environmentally friendly, and energy-efficient.

What is Green Engineering?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines green engineering as “the design, commercialization, and use of processes and products in a way that reduces pollution, promotes sustainability, and minimizes risk to human health and the environment without sacrificing economic viability and efficiency.”

Green engineering is not a new technology but it is a mindset shift. Not so long ago, construction companies used to build without worrying about CO2 emissions or water management. They would do anything to maximize their profits regardless of the consequences for the environment.

Fortunately, the times are changing.

Environmentally-Friendly Buildings

In this very interesting article, BBC talked to people who are contributing to building a greener future. One of them is Scott Moran, senior director of exhibits and architecture at California Academy of Sciences.

Scott has helped design the building’s green systems over the past 15 years. Some of the features include a living room with nearly 1.7 million plants, insects, and birds; solar panels; hydroelectric power generation; and automatic skylights. “Buildings need to be designed and used in a way to save as much energy and water as possible”, he says.

Buildings like the California Academy of Sciences are expected to become more popular in the near future. According to the International Labor Organization, environmentally-friendly buildings will generate more than 6.5 million jobs by 2030.

If you want to help build a greener future, we can work together!

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard-working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA online or at (877) 810-7473.

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