Managing a Green Construction Project

posted Aug 9, 2013, 12:18 PM by Keith Groninger   [ updated Aug 9, 2013, 12:18 PM ]

Green Certified Homes are ranked for their “greenness” using points scales comprised of products, systems and procedures, incorporated into the home and the construction process. Changes to the typical process put the builder at risk of overlooking a green component and forfeiting points that were going to be pursued toward the green certification ranking. Upper levels of certification like gold and platinum, allow little margin for error. In order to reduce the risk, the construction drawings, specifications and the schedule should all be modified to include the desired green components.

These photos from the Carilli residence in Maitland, show hot water piping that has been insulated. This is the requirement from FGBC:

E2.18 Insulate All Hot Water Pipes - Requirement: Insulate all hot water piping (including that which is buried) with a minimum of ½” insulation.

This language was added to the construction specifications and Holloway Plumbing included it in their bid. This same technique is used to incorporate all of the desired green components into the scope of work for every trade contractor and supplier. As a routine, we review our “jobnotes” prior to each trade starting their work, and double-check that they have the correct information.

But there’s another important task that we can’t forget. In this case we must photograph the pipe insulation to have a record that it was completed. Obviously, it can’t be verified after the concrete slab has been poured. To make sure this task wasn’t overlooked, we added it to the construction schedule.

Building a green home can be a very daunting task for an owner or builder that haven’t developed the systems for managing the process. It’s not something you want to try to keep in your head. Please let us know if we can answer any of your questions about building a new custom or green home.  Keith Groninger