Earth Day (April 22, 2017) is a day to raise awareness about environmental protection. Here at LaForce, one of our core values is “Community Responsibility”, which can apply to our efforts to reduce waste and contribute to sustainable construction practices. Read on to learn more about our commitment to sustainability through planet-friendly business practices.
Lean Construction through Pre-Installation
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, hardware, and security integration products. 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.
LEED Certification Assistance
Organizations following LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards are assured that their construction projects are better for the environment than non-LEED structures. LaForce is actively involved in supplying products that contribute to a building earning LEED status. We have an accredited LEED AP Building Design + Construction employee on staff, who has processed over 1,400 LEED requests/submittals. LEED standards apply to door openings in the following ways:
- Hollow metal doors can be specified with a certain percentage of recycled content.
- Wood doors can be specified without added urea-formaldehyde.
- Products such as doors and frames can be specified as “regional,” meaning they are manufactured within 500 miles (defined “as the crow flies”) of the jobsite. This minimizes the project’s carbon footprint.
According to the U.S. Green Business Council: “Green building benefits include reduced greenhouse gas emissions associated with their construction and operation. Green buildings are also an important part of any city’s resiliency strategy by designing structures that feature climate adaptation and climate change mitigation strategies. They also generate impressive savings, are healthier for occupants and provide conditions for greater productivity.”
Our environmental awareness also extends to waste management. We strive to re-use or recycle all company waste. This includes shipping/receiving materials such as packaging materials (cardboard, Styrofoam, and pallets), scrap steel from our manufacturing facilities, and in-office materials such as paper, plastic bottles, cans, and printer cartridges. In addition, when LaForce provides on-site installation services, we bring as much of our refuse as possible back to our facilities to reuse or recycle.
We also donate 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.
The remainder of our waste, such as used electronics, is recycled through local providers.