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GeoStructures Becomes Hub for Green Certification
April 29, 2009

Further enhancing its reputation as a valued partner for general contractors and construction management companies, GeoStructures provided nearly 30 percent of its staff with training under the Green Advantage® commercial program. Employees from general contractors Balfour Beatty and T.W. Ellis participated in the eight hour course and exam, which results in a credential that helps builders qualify for LEED credits.

With their Green Advantage Environmental Certification, the engineers and field staff obtained have mastered green building principles, materials and techniques that can be integrated with GeoStructures’ services for foundation support, earth-support and earth-retention projects. In addition to raising awareness of the impact on the environment more efficient energy and water usage, other outcomes of the Green Advantage program include making builders more competitive through cost savings, shortened schedules and higher-performance buildings for owners.

Construction projects can receive a LEED innovation credit if a significant percentage of the building team is certified prior to construction. Not affiliated with any LEED products or trainings, Green Advantage is a non-competitive, complementary credential that is recommended as an additional offering for developers, architects, engineers and designers. LEED is short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, part of the Green Building Rating Systemâ„¢ that encourages adoption of sustainable building and development practices. It is promoted by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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