Sustainable construction is a trend that is definitely here to stay. Berghammer has recognized our clients desire to incorporate alternative energy sources, reduce water consumption, minimize waste and enhance indoor air quality in the construction of buildings. These initiatives will reduce operating costs and will also improve human health by improving indoor air quality and reduce environmental impacts. Berghammer is committed to sustainable construction methods and techniques.
To view a sampling of some of our Green Projects, click here.
100% LEED Accreditation of Staff
Over the past year, Berghammer has established an incentive program for employees and conducted a number of training sessions to prepare employees and several architectural partners for the LEED accreditation exam administered by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Berghammer has achieved 100% LEED Accreditation among all its project managers and estimators. Berghammer is the first general contractor in the state of Wisconsin to achieve this milestone. Moving forward, all new project management and estimating hires at Berghammer will be required to become LEED accredited within their first 6 months of employment.
Executive Vice President, Jim Parks, was recently quoted in an article highlighting Berghammer’s commitment to LEED Accreditation. The article, published in the Waukesha Freeman, can be viewed here (PDF).
Berghammer also recently purchased a brand new fleet of green trucks for its field superintendents. These flex fuel vehicles run on E85 fuel (a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline). This renewable source fuel, made from corn and biodegradable materials, is cleaner-burning. In addition to E85 fuel, the trucks also have active fuel management. This feature improves the vehicle’s efficiency by automatically shifting the truck from eight cylinders to four cylinders when extra power is not needed. Replacing its fleet with green trucks is another example of Berghammer’s continued commitment to sustainable business practices.
Berghammer is a proud member of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA) and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Being recognized as experts in sustainable construction techniques and methods is a priority for Berghammer.
We believe in, and are committed, to redirecting all materials that can practicably be recycled. In an effort to reduce the amount of recyclable materials that are thrown in landfills, all construction waste generated on Berghammer jobsites will be delivered to City Wide Recycling. At the City Wide Recycling facility, the construction waste will be sorted and recycled.
Chris Rozof becomes Published!
Director of Estimating, Chris Rozof, wrote an article titled, “Sustainable Solutions to Overcome Wisconsin’s Winters, Thriftiness” for the June issue of Wisconsin Builder magazine. The article discussed the importance of getting the entire project team involved at the onset of a project with sustainable design objectives, and the different strategies for achieving LEED Certification based on different climate and geographic considerations. Visit the Wisconsin Builder website to read the complete article.
Chris has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2006. He gave a presentation to professionals in the industry in September 2007 titled Sustainable Design: What, Why and How for Industry Professionals. Chris also presented sustainable construction techniques to the 10th Annual Architecture Conference & Product Show in Chicago in September of 2008.