Axia Green

Edward Bushel, Axia’s Principal, is a LEED Accredited Professional BD&C as well as a GPRO:CM certificate holder and trainer. We strongly encourage LEED Accreditation for all full-time staff and will provide the necessary tools to do so.

Axia makes a strong effort to include elements of sustainable construction in all of our projects. We encourage our clients to take their ideas and integrate them into Green Building strategies that are suitable and feasible for their projects. We recognize these efforts will not only protect the environment, but also helps increase the long-term value of the end product.

Buildings account for 40% of all energy used in the U.S. This means building construction and operation are key to reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

In the U.S. construction activities generate 40% - 45% of all waste going to landfills. Landfills seriously affect local aquifers and increase air pollution. Transportation of materials to landfills uses petroleum-based energy, which contributes to our carbon footprint and to climate change.

The best way to becoming more sustainable is to mimic the natural systems that have functioned and evolved over billions of years. Natural systems constantly recycle what is in them. For example, as leaves fall from the trees, they decay on the ground, the soil is replenished, and CO2 returns to the atmosphere. There is no waste; everything is naturally reused or recycled, driven by renewable energy from the sun.

How can we get there?

One approach is the "Three R's" – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Reduce – Using less and discarding less. Many people think reduce means having less and doing less. Instead it could mean using energy more efficiently, using better materials, and developing longer-lasting products
Reuse – It is always better to reduce…reuse is the second best. Reuse is not the same thing as recycling; it simply means using the same item more than once to lengthen its useful lifespan. This could mean using an item multiple times for the same purpose or it could involve using an item again for a different purpose.
Recycle – Unlike reuse, recycle involves the transformation of an item. As such, recycling requires additional energy and produces additional waste. However, there is a net gain, since it typically takes far less energy to make a product from recycled materials than from virgin materials.

There are four critical areas where builders’ must follow sustainable practices to ensure success in any green building project:

Construction Activity Pollution Plan (CAPP) – Set of procedures for preventing pollution from construction activities both on the work site and on nearby properties, focusing on water, soil, noise, fumes, and light.
Construction Waste Management (CWM) – A strategy to reduce the amount of construction and demolition waste going into landfills and incinerators by the use of reduce, reuse and recycle techniques.
Construction Indoor Air Quality (CIAQ) – Ensuring good CIAQ practices during construction is one of the most important measures a construction company can take. The individual actions of workers on-site can have a direct impact on the quality of workers health and that of the building’s occupants.
Commissioning (Cx) – A process for verifying and documenting that a facility and all of its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated and maintained to meet the design intent. The process starts early in a project with the development of a Cx Plan and results in a report to the owner documenting the process and the final performance of the building systems.