Sundt is pleased to announce that one of its own, Dan Osterman, has been elected governing council representative for the Southern Arizona Branch of the Arizona Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to educating and promoting the benefits of sustainable, energy-efficient buildings across the state.
Best known for its internationally-recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, the USGBC is one of the nation’s leading advocates of sustainable construction and green-friendly policies. With 79 chapters nationwide, its mission is to transform the built environment within a generation.
Dan is a Preconstruction Project Manager with an extensive “green” resume, having provided leadership both at Sundt and within the industry. In 2002 he became the first LEED Accredited Professional (AP) in Sundt’s Building Division, and he was recently named chairperson of the company’s Sustainability Committee. During his three-year term as a governing council representative with the Southern Arizona Branch of the Arizona Chapter of the USGBC, which begins in January 2012, he will be responsible for providing fiduciary and strategic oversight and generative strategic guidance to the branch.
Thanks to Dan for helping pave the way to a greener future!
Sundt employees installing pervious concrete
Sundt is paving the way to better value for our clients with the use of pervious concrete, an innovative product that helps owners lessen the environmental impact of their projects – and possibly save money at the same time. Embracing this green product – and investing in the training and equipment that go with it – is just one of the ways Sundt is distinguishing itself as a leader in sustainable construction.
How does pervious concrete work? When rainwater sheets over large areas of impermeable (traditional) concrete, it picks up many pollutants which it then carries to treatment facilities, rivers and streams. Pervious concrete is different because it’s designed to be porous so that rainwater can pass directly through it, thereby reducing storm water runoff – and pollution – and recharging underground water supplies.
On new construction projects, pervious concrete can be designed to be the site’s main storm water retention system, which allows for less elaborate (and less expensive) sewer systems and other drainage features. In many cases, using pervious concrete allows a larger area of a project site to be developed, which, for owners, translates to greater value.
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