The leadership of Choate understands the importance of environmental awareness and sustainable building practices within the construction industry. Every building project affects the environment, so our cumulative effort to be environmentally responsible has direct, measurable impact on the land. Choate strives to support economic development in the community, while optimizing the opportunities for environmental conservation within our work.
Our programs and policies toward this goal are an integral part of our company culture. From renovations to new construction, Choate sees every job as an opportunity to support energy, land and water conservation, stewardship of resources and improved air quality.
Advancement of sustainable construction
Choate is a dedicated member of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This non-profit organization within the building industry works to advance structures that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.
- Choate has had several leadership roles within USGBC, including the Leader of the Southeast Regional Council of the USGBC; Founding Member Company of the South Carolina USGBC Chapter and the USGBC Charlotte Region Chapter; and the first company to reach Founding Sponsor Level for the Georgia USGBC Chapter.
- Choate employees speak at monthly sustainable workshops held at state universities and other organizations.
- Choate provides in-house training for employees and subcontractors.
Green building strategies
Green building options are available to all Choate projects. Choices to purchase local resources, monitor air quality at the site or to recycle construction waste are just a few of the common options that can be systematically incorporated into a construction plan to benefit the owner, tenant and community.
- Individual analysis of a project’s requirements and goals allows the Choate team to understand the best sustainable options available to a client. The team can clearly and accurately layout opportunities and costs for energy efficiency and material selection. This promotes optimization of sustainability and cost savings throughout the entire process.
- Choate’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management Plan addresses all aspects of the construction environment and is in full compliance with LEED standards. The benefit to IAQ is a healthier workplace for the occupant. The results are seen in healthier employees, more immediate occupancy, lower absenteeism and increased productivity. A plan can be implemented for all building types. American’s spend an average of 90% of their time indoors, so the quality of the indoor environment has a significant influence on their well being, productivity and quality of life.
- Choate’s Construction Waste Management Program minimizes trash generated and sent to landfills, on average diverting 50%-90% of waste from the landfill on all projects.
- Choate’s water conservation plan helps all projects reduce water use, which provides savings for the owner, occupant and environment.
Accurate documentation toward LEED Certification
Choate’s LEED APs monitor the application of sustainable practices and expertly document implementation through coordination with project managers, estimators and superintendents.
- The use of Choate’s custom detailed LEED Scorecard and Responsibility Matrix helps all responsible parties understand their role within the LEED program.
- Throughout the project, consistent updates to the Scorecard and Matrix accurately track points and progress.
- LEED Documentation is available to all team members at any point within the project process.
- Choate’s LEED management conducts a complete internal review prior to each official review by GBCI to ensure maximum credit achievement. Choate currently holds a credit achievement rate greater than 98%.
Current options for sustainable building materials
Choate maintains a database of products, equipment and materials that comply with evolving LEED standards. The records contain product information and specifications, which enables the best selection of materials for any given set of requirements or goals.
Supplementing the USGBC LEED rating system with the BIM model creates a “dashboard concept” enabling the calculation of real-time energy and water use levels, construction waste management logistics, site characteristics and material properties associated with each building component. The multi-dimensional model created in the BIM process improves the efficiency of design and construction, saving the owner time and money.