- Posted by Stephanie Snellen
- On April 30, 2020
Climate change is a big topic for architects and builders alike.
Did you know 70% of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to building cities? This is despite cities only occupying 3% of the Earth’s land. But we can make a change. In 2017 alone, architects tracking building energy use reduced their predicted carbon emissions by 17.8 million metric tons of CO2 per year, according to the American Institute of Architects. So, how can the building industry continue to create sustainably and cost-effective homes and structures for everyone? VIZ works with companies that are dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint. Our clients have set the industry standards for eco-friendly and sustainable living for every project.
In the month of April, we highlighted several clients that are making great strides in combating climate change in architecture.
It’s a common misconception that building sustainably is difficult and expensive. Our client’s Home Innovations research endlessly to ensure they eliminate barriers to innovation and make sustainability affordable for everyone. By providing rigorously tested NGBS standard products that are green approved by the American National Standard, they improve the quality, durability, affordability, and environmental performance of homes and home building products. Building green starts with the right products, and Home Innovations is the right company to start that conversation, especially since 85% of homeowners would like to purchase a more sustainable, eco-friendly home.
Thrive Home Builders.
Did you know Thrive Home Builders has built the most LEED-certified homes in Colorado? Not to brag, but they also won Professional Builder 2017 Builder of the Year, and that’s not all. Thrive is the only builder in America to win 10 Grand Awards for Housing Innovation from the U.S. Department fo Energy 10 years in a row! The Housing Innovation Awards have honored the very best innovation on the path to zero energy ready homes by recognizing forward-thinking builders who are delivering homebuyers a better homeowner experience. Working with companies like Thrive is what keeps us motivated to keep our planet green.
Builder of the first Passive House by a production builder in the United States. These passive homes reduce energy by 90% and set the standard for energy efficiency in a building. VIZ loves the opportunity to digitally create their neighborhoods right here in Denver. Their stunning Midtown Neighborhood is a perfect mix of design and sustainability. Working with local companies give our team at VIZ a sense of pride knowing we’re creating a sustainable future for our hometown.
Owens Corning is striving to reduce their carbon footprint. Most people associate pink with Owens Corning but they are truly committed to creating a greener future. In 2020 they set a goal of reducing their greenhouse gas and toxic air emissions by 75%. Their products are shaping the way that we build sustainably, and VIZ is proud to have them as a client.