Sustainability is “meeting the needs of current generations without compromising those of future generations.” At Unitech, we believe that we must do our part to incorporate green construction practices that are less harmful to the environment and reduce our need for resources. This is the foundation of sustainable construction, and it’s the responsible thing to do.
Sustainable construction at every stage
When it comes to green construction and sustainability, the focus must be maintained at every step along the way. Our LEED-Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) work with you to ensure LEED building practices are employed at all stages, even in sustainable construction projects that are not LEED-registered.
Erosion and Sedimentation Control, Waste Management and Recycling, and Indoor Air Quality are all tightly controlled and documented. We recycle the majority of construction waste, limit the amount of airborne dust and contaminants that leave the site, and ensure the air quality during construction is maintained at the highest levels.
We’ve invested in research and development for green construction, and we encourage our employees to be educated in all aspects of sustainable construction. We are members of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), an organization leading the transformation to high-performing, healthy green and LEED buildings, homes and communities throughout Canada.
Green construction saves money as well as the environment
Sustainable buildings reduce the cost of maintenance for the owner over the long term. When you build with LEED principles in mind, greater efficiency and cost savings are the result. For instance, reimbursement on some recyclable materials such as scrap metals lowers the overall cost of the project. That’s one of many ways we can provide better value for our clients.
Unitech has successfully helped many of our clients achieve LEED building certification while still meeting challenging project schedules and budgets. In fact, most of our public projects are now targeting LEED Gold.
Sustainability principles are built into our culture
Thinking green starts at our head office and permeates throughout our processes, hiring practices and how we use our workspace. We’ve installed high efficiency ventilation and lighting in our offices. We recycle and donate proceeds to local community organizations and charities. We encourage our HR department to hire locally and many employees, including the president, walk or bike to work as much as possible.
Sustainable construction will always be at the heart of everything we do, improving the efficiency of projects and ensuring the buildings we create are long-lasting, livable structures.
To learn more about green construction, our sustainability principles and LEED building practices, please contact us.