Commercial construction projects, interior work for tenants, renovations and efficiency upgrades are often measured in their environmental effectiveness by standards such as Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1Β and the new, enforceable International Green Construction Code (IgCC). Propane can go a long way toward helping a project meet these green building standards. For example, in LEED v4, commercial building projects may be eligible for up to 28 points – mostly related to the Energy and Atmosphere provisions. The 2012 IgCC has a similar approach to voluntary green rating systems, but it makes many of the voluntary points in other rating systems mandatory requirements in order to comply with the code.
Here are some ways AmeriGas propane can help builders earn points toward LEED certification in these and other categories:
- Efficient Heating. Energy and utility savings derived from propane-fueled furnaces, boilers and water heating systems can help designers and engineers exceed standard-efficiency systems.
- Temporary Heat. Portable propane-fueled construction heaters can help meet LEED requirements for clean indoor air quality during the construction and pre-occupancy phases of building.
- Meters. Developers can earn one point toward LEED certification for installing propane meters for individual tenants or the whole building.
- AmeriGas AutoGas. A LEED credit is available for buildings that install alternative-fuel refueling stations or provide low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles, maintenance vehicles or buses, such as those fueled by propane autogas.
- Mowers. The use of propane-fueled mowersΒ can help earn a LEED point by achieving emissions reduction requirements from site management equipment.
If you’re looking for the best energy source for high-performance commercial buildings, the choice is simple. AmeriGas propane is the smart, efficient and environmentally friendly choice for a building’s major energy applications.