Green Light on Green Building

Green Building LogoI’ll have to admit, I wasn’t always a fan of green building.  Early reviews of green systems and their associated payback periods weren’t adding up to substantial value for most clients.  For this reason Harman did not pursue green building much in the early years unless asked.

However, today technologies are improving and making things like solar panels, LED lighting and skylights a more viable and affordable option for some of our clients.

In the last few years HCI have undertaken a number of large solar panel projects and have been able to include “day-lighting” into some of our industrial projects through the use of skylights.  If you are in Harrisonburg, VA stop by and check out Weaver’s Flooring America.  We added onto their warehouse space in 2014 where we were able to incorporate skylights throughout.  As a result during the day when you walk through the warehouse it’s easy to believe the lights are on, when in reality they are not.

“Pretty cool” is what I often hear after showing the skylights off.  Through the use of prismatic skylights, the light is dispersed evenly and hot spots are eliminated.  We incorporated the same system up at Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s (SVEC) distribution center in Mt. Jackson, VA.  Over the years day-lighting has become more and more popular and a efficient means to saving on a company’s overhead cost.

Over the last six years, Harman Construction has ramped up our efforts toward green building and becoming a leader in sustainable construction.  We are excited to have been a part of eight Green projects with six of these projects being LEED Certified jobs.  These projects have ranged from a metal building warehouse/office for SVEC to dormitories for Eastern Mennonite University.  Our latest green project is for a six story Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Northern VA.

Green projects can demand much more attention in their planning and delivery, but with a seasoned team here at Harman we are more than willing to step up to the plate and deliver.  As part of our commitment to building green we currently have three certified LEED AP’s on staff here at Harman.

Technology advancements in the green building envelope and green building systems analysis are making it easier to find the best solutions for each project.  Today there are tools that can measure multiple systems quickly, which can help us make smart, informed decisions.

Each project is unique, so finding the best solution for one project is not always the best solution for the next.  Today’s tools can help us optimize efficiency and give owners the biggest bang for their buck.

Our team is excited about what the future holds for green building and we will continue to be on the leading edge of delivering smart solutions for our clients.  If you want to talk to someone about your next building project, please give us a call.  We’d love to hear from you!

-Ryan Strite

Business Development Manager