Christy Cunningham-Saylor is an environmental specialist with St. Louis-based Vertegy, a firm which specializes in consulting services for clients seeking to develop green and sustainable facilities.
Dissecting the Integrated Systems that make up Traditional Green Buildings
Interview With Christy Cunningham-Saylor | Vertegy
Can you break down the elements of this "Integrated System" in a typical green building project?
Who should be responsible for coordinating the players during the design and construction process?
How much more does it cost to build green both in time and money? How long does it take to pay back these costs?
Is extra staff necessary to operate a green building or does the average building manager have the necessary skills?
How do tenants benefit from renting space in a high performance green building?
Occupants can also benefit from technologies that may be incorporated into high performance buildings. For example, many green buildings are equipped to provide occupants with individual environmental controls for their workspaces or residences. Gone are the days when one system served an entire building.
Ultimately, the best scenario for an owner is to try to balance the importance of several factors when deciding on a green space: 1) Reducing his or her environmental footprint, 2) Saving money through reduced operating costs, and 3) Meeting future expansion needs without utilizing too much space.
Christy Cunningham-Saylor can be reached at 314.773.2539 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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