US Green Building

U.S. Green Building (LEED)

bhi-logoLEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green building certification system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

Adams Southeastern Construction has completed building the Barrier Island Study Center which is a 5,000 square foot facility that is a LEED platinum design and employed many unique “green” building techniques:

  • Soy-based foam is being used as insulation in the floor system
  • The walls utilize structural insulated panels (SIP), which will provide exceptional thermal values, optimizing the energy performance of the Center.
  • Wood-steel trusses made with high recycled steel content span the second story floor system and will provide open space for and access to utilities for future modification and maintenance.
  • The wall shingles are manufactured of post-consumer recycled materials.
  • The roof uses painted aluminum standing seam roof panels that reflect heat to reduce impact on human and wildlife habitat.
  • There is a 7,318-gallon rainwater cistern installed that will collect water from the roofs to be used for landscaping, outdoor spigots and water closets.

These are just a couple of examples of the “green” aspects of this LEEDS platinum designed building. Visit our Portfolio web page for additional photos of this LEED project.

The Barrier Island Study Center will be the first community-based barrier island research and education facility in the nation. This 5,000 square foot facility will host research specific to Bald Head Island and relevant to all barrier islands and provide scientists, students and researchers with the labs, library and facilities needed to conduct high-level research, giving home owners the tools to make sustainable choices. The Center will also allow the BHI Conservancy to expand educational opportunities to the public and provide the BHI community with the information needed to make lasting decisions regarding sustainable living on BHI.

The Center is scheduled to be completed and operational in the spring of 2012. This $2.4-million project is a testimony to the generosity and determination of the BHI community as no state or federal dollars have touched it.

(Material courtesy of the Bald Head Island Barrier Island Study Center website.