In honor of this week’s Earth Day, we’d like to take a moment to highlight some of the areas that LaForce “goes green” year-round!
Reducing inefficiencies and waste in construction is a huge challenge for the entire industry. In fact, according to global door opening supplier ASSA Abloy, 24% of the solid waste stream in the United States is construction waste. Therefore, LaForce is partnering with vendors and customers to streamline processes to eliminate unnecessary debris. For example, more and more contractors are opting to utilize pre-installation services on doors, frames, and hardware. Pre-installation is the process where hardware is installed onto doors prior to shipping to the jobsite. This saves space, time, waste, and later “punch list” woes, and is a perfect example of lean construction application.
Stay tuned for more information related to lean construction, as we will explore this topic in greater detail this summer.
LaForce recognizes sustainability as an important and holistic endeavor. In the construction industry, that often means helping customers meet their goals for sustainability through the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. LaForce is actively involved in supplying products that contribute to a building earning LEED status. The company has an accredited LEED AP Building Design + Construction employee on staff, who has processed over 1,200 LEED requests/submittals in the past seven years.
LaForce has a database containing hundreds of vendors’s LEED statements, and a streamlined process that allows general contractors to receive a clean, electronic PDF of the submittal. The company stays abreast of the changes in the system, including LEED v4,the newest version of the LEED green building program. LaForce continues to gain knowledge in the evolution of material transparency and life-cycle impacts. The company takes pride in guiding customers to choices that will help them succeed in this building certification.
LaForce uses high-efficiency lighting throughout its Green Bay facility. Some individual offices also have occupancy sensors to reduce energy consumption.
LaForce recycles nearly 100% of its wood pallets, cardboard, aluminum and scraps (such as steel, stainless steel, brass and bronze). Additionally, LaForce donates its scrap metal to Green Bay’s ProSolutions, an organization affiliated with Curative Connections, which helps people with disabilities and other challenges achieve their goals for independence. After the scrap metal is donated, ProSolutions creates products such as frame spreaders, frame anchors and electrical boxes, which LaForce will then purchase.
In addition to standard in-office recycling of paper, plastic, and aluminum, LaForce also hosts an annual Earth Day Electronics Recycling Drive, in conjunction with New Starr Solutions in Green Bay. These photos represent just a small portion of the 2016 collection drive, held April 20-21.