2021 Earth Day

Binswanger Blog - 2021 Earth Day

The built environment can create a healthier, more sustainable future. High-performance glazing systems reduce carbon emissions and energy use. Occupants in high-efficiency buildings are happier and more comfortable. There is a greater demand for comfortable spaces with access to natural daylight, fresh air, and views that pollute less and are less expensive to operate. Employers report it’s easier to recruit and retain talent.

Green building design is a major influence. At Binswanger Glass, it is our responsibility to meet the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Binswanger Glass participates in a range of programs and initiatives to provide architects with the assurance and documentation they need to meet and verify their sustainability goals. Our suppliers publish third-party verified Environmental Products Declarations (EPDs) and are Cradle to Cradle Certified™.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a global movement of professionals, businesses, innovators, and community leaders working to accomplish a single bold vision: healthy, efficient, and equitable buildings and communities for all.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) is a rating system for high-performance sustainable buildings. It was created to define green building and raise consumer awareness of green building benefits.

Our Commercial Contracts team is committed to exploring new sustainable solutions and can help your firm select from hundreds of sustainable architectural glass alternatives, as well as tap into design help and technical expertise, to meet LEED® credit requirements. All without compromising aesthetics or energy efficiencies.

There are approximately five million commercial buildings in the US with around 70 billion square feet of glass. These buildings consume 40% of the energy, typically fossil fuel-generated electricity, in the country. Two-thirds of existing buildings in America were built before the advent of Low-E glass. More than 50% of existing buildings are monolithic (single pane) glass. Building owners and maintenance companies understand the return on investment of higher rent and energy savings by updating their outdated windows to a high-performance glazing system.

Around 4300 buildings owned by the United States Government were constructed between 1950 and 1995. Most of them have never been upgraded.

Binswanger Glass Window Retrofit
Memphis Hospital Window Retrofit

Buildings currently account for 75% of all carbon emissions on the planet. As an undisputed leader in the retrofit market, Binswanger Glass is taking a very serious look at how we construct buildings in the future and how we retrofit the existing stock of buildings to achieve improved energy performance. Collaboration and technology and are the two crucial elements that will make for smarter building envelopes.

Collaborate with a Binswanger Glass Commercial Contracts team member here.