Post Frame Achieves Sustainable Benefits Without Prohibitive Cost Restraints
Post frame can enhance your ability to attain LEED certification
Post-frame construction includes many sustainable design aspects by default. As such, incorporating sustainability features—many that enhance the ability to earn LEED Certification — requires less additional investment than seen by other construction methods.
Post-frame construction and the use of wood combine to offer many "built-in" sustainable design aspects. From reduced site disturbance during construction to creating a building envelope with room to accommodate International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) requirements, post-frame construction's many sustainable features eases the process of earning LEED rating points.
In fact, where insulation is interrupted, wooden structural members have natural insulating properties and conduct less heat than most competing materials. Read more here on how post-frame buildings dramatically improve insulation, lowering energy costs throughout the year.
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LEED Credits Inherent in Design and Construction Methodology
When seeking LEED Certification at any level, every advantage counts. Post-frame construction's myriad sustainable features makes earning LEED rating points that much less difficult. Here are some areas where post-frame construction adds LEED value-added benefit:
- Reduced Site Disturbance During Construction
- Less Use of Wood and Materials to Create the Structural System
- Engineered Systems for the Roof Structure
- Reduced Local Heat Island Effects
- Flexibility of Interior Design
- Building Envelope with Room to Accommodate IECC Requirements
These are only a few LEED beneficial aspects. Consulting with a LEED-Certified designer will ensure maximum benefit.
Energy Efficient Building Envelope Design
Where insulation is interrupted, wooden structural members have natural insulating properties and conduct less heat than most competing materials. Post-frame buildings feature an exceptionally large wall cavity for improved insulation, thereby lowering energy costs throughout the year.
Where newer energy codes require higher levels of insulation, post frame is a particularly good option because its walls and roofs are relatively easy to insulate. Its wide column spacing allows for continuous insulation between structural elements, fewer interruptions in insulation material, and less chance of thermal leakage.
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