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CTI Construction focuses on long-term green construction solutions, primarily for the federal government. The contractor has a growing portfolio of LEED-registered facilities on military bases across the country. Its latest project, completed in April, is a three-bay fire station at Hill Air Force Base—the first LEED Gold project at the base.

CTI Construction had to contend with several design issues for the fire station, such as incorporating water drainage from the bay into grease traps, mitigating noise from the airfield and, likewise, preventing noise transmission from the station to residents on post.

The company also installed a vehicle exhaust capture system to interface with the fire vehicles. The system captures 100 percent of emissions to the outside through hoses connected to the fire trucks. “The system included an overhead sliding track mechanism to permit a flexible exhaust hose to travel with the fire apparatus into and out of the apparatus bays. The installed track allows the exhaust hoses to automatically disconnect as the vehicles exit the bay,” explains Don Salazar, president of CTI Construction.

GSBS Architects

GSBS Architects has become a leader in the design of ultra-low energy use buildings with 13 LEED-certified buildings in its portfolio and 15 more awaiting certification. GSBS Architects is currently responsible for the design of the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building, which is envisioned as a net-zero carbon emissions building.

“We are demonstrating the idea is achievable with current technologies,” says David Brems, FAIA, director of design for the company. The concept incorporates ultra-low energy use features with renewable energy sources to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint.

Some of the building’s features include both on- and off-site solar arrays, a solar water heating system, and a ventilation system to recover 70 percent of the heat or cooling energy from the exhaust system. The data center will use virtual server software to reduce power usage, and heat from the data center will be used to heat the building.

It will use a non-traditional evaporative cooling system, as well as radiant heating and cooling through the concrete floors. The elevators will use regenerative drives that generate electricity when the elevators move upwards.

“Buildings are the major source of global demand for energy and materials that produce by-product greenhouse gases,” says Brems. “Designing net-zero buildings today is a view of the future where all buildings will be net zero.”

UV Pro Floors

As David Young stripped millions of feet of flooring, he didn’t like the harsh, hazardous chemicals used to do the job and knew there had to be a better way to protect floors. That’s when he turned to the UV Pro floor coating. As the CEO of UV Pro Floors, Young uses the coating to avoid the stripping, waxing and buffing other floors use, which saves thousands of gallons of chemicals from being dumped. According to the EPA, the average 10,000-square-foot facility uses 18 gallons of hazardous chemicals just to care for the floors.

Young plans to carry his company’s green efforts into the future with new products that complement the UV coating, as well as developing a UV-cured concrete and a UV-curing machine with some recycled products. UV Pro Floors has also gone paperless, with all marketing, billing and correspondence done electronically. The company continues to focus on education to help people understand the impact of traditional floor care. If people are educated about the effects, Young says many choose the environmentally friendlier option.

Kaddas Enterprises, Inc.

With almost 20 percent of power outages caused by animals, Natalie Kaddas sees a double benefit to the products Kaddas Enterprises creates. The BirdguarD line of products both protects animals from electrocution and helps utilities maintain uninterrupted service. Kaddas says the company recognizes the importance of energy in day-to-day life so creates products to help utilities while using sustainable practices to ensure natural resources are around for the future.

In addition to the more than 160 products Kaddas Enterprises already makes, it continually develops new BirdguarD products to support customers. Kaddas says the company also looks for ways to be energy efficient. In its facility, the company uses natural lighting as much as possible and recycles all scrap material, boxes, paper and bottles.

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