Green building products popular for college construction projects

June 29, 2010 in Uncategorized

Perhaps nowhere else has the green-building movement achieved more traction than in institutional construction projects on university campuses. According to green-building consultant Jerry Yudelson, principal of Yudelson Associates and author of 12 green-building books, U.S. campuses now account for about 15 percent of the total LEED projects in the country.

Architects working in the institutional segment are on the lookout for sustainable, environmentally healthy building products, and bamboo fits the bill in many ways. It’s not only rapidly renewable; Smith & Fong’s
UCSFmedicallibrary Plyboo bamboo and palm plywood and flooring products are urea formaldehyde-free and meet both CARB Phase II and LEED IEQc4.4. indoor air quality standards. And Smith & Fong obtained the very first non-wood FSC-certification on the planet for its bamboo resource and manufacturing operations.

“With some of the brightest minds in the sustainability movement studying and teaching at North American universities, it’s no wonder the facilities are being designed with that in mind,” Smith & Fong president and founder Dan Smith said. Aside from prominent installations at Yale, UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Syracuse University, the company has seen recent projects using Plyboo and/or Durapalm products at Amherst College, University of Oregon and Vanderbilt as well.