Construction Today - January 2017 - 54
Commercial | FABCON PRECAST
panels are an ideal fit for
LEED building projects.
FABCON PRECAST'S VERSACORE PANELS ARE AN IDEAL SOLUTION FOR LEED BUILDING. BY TIM O'CONNOR
ince the first LEED standards were
established in 2000, sustainability certification has become the
benchmark for environmentally
friendly building design and construction. According to the U.S. Green Building
Council (USGBC), as of July 2016 more than
59,000 United States commercial projects
have achieved some level of LEED certification and 200,000 individuals have earned
LEED professional credentials. In the 3rd
quarter of 2016 alone 937 projects achieved
some level of certification accounting for
114,006,829 square feet of building space.
Sustainable building practices are likely
to continue to permeate the construction
industry moving forward as material
manufacturers, developers and owners
seek ways to optimize long-term building
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Not only does certification improve sustainable building operations, LEED accreditation is a way for developers to demonstrate they have brought environmental
stewardship into the building. "Having the
certification allows you to be more appeal-
* Headquarters: Savage, Minn.
* Employees: 980
* Specia y: Precast concrete
"Most of e time we are able to
source e vast majority of e
materials for our project from
wi in 500 miles of e ite."
- Tyson Intile, project manager
ing to tenants as well as municipalities and
states," says Tyson Intile, project manager
for Fabcon Precast. "It's great marketing."
Fabcon is well positioned to help builders
meet LEED standards. The customizable
thermal resistance of Fabcon's panels
insulates buildings, meaning less energy
is needed to heat and cool them and the
building environment's overall climate, humidity and temperature remain consistent
throughout the day.
The precast concrete panel maker has
been a leader in innovation since its founding. David Hanson and Gerald Rauenhorst
started the company in 1970 to develop
SpanDeck technology for casting 8-footwide concrete wall panels. Today, Fabcon is
know for its light-weight and energy-efficient VersaCore+Green precast panels.
VersaCore+Green panels are used in a