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Sustainable Design

Over the last decade, science and industry have made significant advances in developing and bringing to market environmentally friendly and energy-saving building materials and systems. Never before has there been such opportunity to reduce the environmental impact of the projects we create. From improved construction practices, recycled content materials, low-VOC paints, lighting and mechanical control systems, the benefits are increasingly important to consider when undertaking a project.

Healy | Bender prides itself as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the non-profit organization responsible for developing and maintaining LEED standards. We have more than a dozen design professionals experienced in the requirements of LEED project certification, many of whom are LEED Accredited Professionals themselves. Our professionals share the desire to design and create projects that not only reduce the initial impact on the environment, but also to reduce long-term energy use and improve occupant well-being.

In 2010, as part of our continued effort toward more energy efficient designs, Healy | Bender became an ENERGY STAR Partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Working with our client, Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C, we completed our first Designed To Earn the ENERGY STAR project, William E. Young School, a new 79,000 sf elementary school facility in Lockport, Illinois. The certification is a distinction awarded to projects designed to perform among the top 25 percent of similar use buildings in the U.S. The project employs a balance of eco-friendly and energy-efficient systems intended to educate students on the benefits of pursuing these practices.

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