Toronto Offices – LEED Silver Certification
At Smith and Long, we believe there are a number of reasons to Go Green in everyday business, the most significant being that preserving the world’s natural resources is the responsibility of every individual both on the construction site and at the office.
While understanding that to Go Green can be an incremental process, Smith and Long believe that a focused effort can have a meaningful impact, as it:
- Sets a positive example for employees which boosts morale and company loyalty
- Improves efficiency and lowers operating costs
- Gains a competitive advantage by differentiating us as a Go Green industry thought leader
- Provides a cleaner and healthier work environment for all
To Go Green, Smith and Long has made a conscious joint effort of those in the office and field. Our responsibility to Go Green begins at the planning and design phase of our construction plans where we:
- Design construction plans with standard building materials and sizes in mind, thus reducing excess spending on materials that will go to waste.
- Purchase from suppliers that agree to buy back unused items or replace damaged materials
- Purchase materials that we can reuse, renew or recycle, i.e. Returnable pallets, reels and containers
- Avoid purchasing materials with excessive packaging
- Estimate when and where we will generate waste and use this schedule to efficiently plan our methods of handling waste
In the field, our electricians actively seek to Go Green by
- Strictly following waste management schedules and plans
- Coordinating with other on-site trades in order to minimize unnecessary use of materials
- Performing power quality analysis, Infrared Thermography to maximize efficiency of the electrical systems
- Document all Green on-site efforts to submit for LEED certification
- Offering on-site suggestions that, although potentially more expensive, reduces the customer’s ecological footprint, i.e. Energy reduction lighting, building automation systems, variable speed drives on all motors etc.
The office and its staff at Smith and Long are committed to Go Green by:
- Re-lighting entire office with compact fluorescent light bulbs and LED’s
- Making use of natural light as a source to heat, cool and light individual rooms
- Maximizing light reflection by choosing materials which reflect ambient light and brighten rooms
- Investing in energy-saving computers, monitors, printers, and faxes
- Having company wide energy-saving settings on all electronics
- Reducing paper waste through multiple Electronic Data Management systems
- Protocols for prioritizing paper use, i.e. Using recycled and chlorine-free paper, double-sided printing, save and reuse old paper boxes, recycling printer ink cartridges
- Maintaining healthy office air flow via greenery, outdoor airflow, and non-toxic cleaning products
There has never been a more appropriate time to Go Green. Its value is recognized more so than ever. We at Smith and Long understand what it means to Go Green and are actively committed to doing so in all facets of our daily business and personal dealings.
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.