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- From: "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 24 Sep 1998 13:38:08 -0400 (EDT)
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September 24, 1998 (26)
Contact: Diane Swanbrow, (734) 647-4416
or Joanne Nesbit, (734) 647-4418
'Green' renovation of century-old building at U-M offers tips
for environmentally responsible home and office renovations.
ANN ARBOR---When the dust clears after the multimillion dollar
renovation of the Dana Building on the University of Michigan campus, most
people walking down the U-M Diag won't notice anything different.
The outside of the building, a campus landmark that's approaching 100
years old, will look just about the same. It won't occupy an additional
square inch of real estate, but the inside will contain 20 percent more
useable space for the growing U-M School of Natural Resources and
Environment (SNRE). It will also be a healthier, more flexible place that
uses half the energy of an average building its size and function.
"Our students will not only learn in the building, but from the
building," says SNRE Dean Daniel Mazmanian, who sees the renovation as a
golden opportunity for the School to practice what it teaches by making
environmental concerns a top priority.
At a time of growing public awareness of environmental problems from
global warming to urban sprawl, the project provides a model for "green"
renovations of homes and offices.
Among the strategies used by project planners:
--Instead of dumping used building materials in a landfill, salvage
and re-use or recycle everything you can, from concrete and scrap metal to
bricks, wood beams, and rafters. In the Dana renovation, students and
faculty member Robert Grese stacked more than 5,000 brick pavers,
discovered under concrete slabs in the old building's courtyard, for later
use in building landscaping.
--Buy wood products only from certified suppliers who can document
that the wood originated in forests that are sustainably managed.
--Discuss environmental concerns with contractors before the job
starts. Let them know at the outset that it's important to you to save
surrounding plants and trees. In the Dana Building renovation, a crane
used for roof reconstruction was carefully positioned to save mature trees
and a garden of native plants.
--Ask contractors to turn off equipment that's not being used, and
even to pay for their own electricity as an economic incentive not to waste
energy and create unnecessary air and noise pollution.
--Maximize natural light by installing skylights, light tubes or more
windows. Install fluorescent lamps with electronic ballasts, and consider
daylight sensors and occupancy sensors in common spaces.
--When deciding on different types of products or materials, consider
the entire life cycle of the products, such as the embodied energy and heat
insulation value of insulation materials. Also, buying what's locally
produced saves on transportation, and supports the local economy.
--Use the least toxic products available for paint stripping, and for
re-finishing walls, floors, and furniture.
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EDITORS: The Internet homepage for the project,
www.snre.umich.edu/greendana, created and maintained by SNRE graduate
student Peter Reppe, includes information on the goals, strategies and
status of the project, with links to tips for environmentally responsible
practices on campus for U-M students, faculty , and staff.
ENVIRO-MICH: Internet List and Forum for Michigan Environmental
and Conservation Issues and Michigan-based Citizen Action. Archives at
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