Maximizing Your Green Building Potential®
On the surface, it may seem that industrial manufacturing does not inherently “lend itself” to the incorporation of green principles. Yet, in reality, the underlying business goals and objectives that drive industrial manufacturing operations are often very complementary with green concepts.
Most industrial manufacturers have an innate need to maximize their economy of resources. The root word of economy — eco — is the basis of all green building concepts. Thus, the seemingly disparate worlds of manufacturing and green actually share a common foundation.
In manufacturing operations, achieving economy of resources entails streamlining the manufacturing process, minimizing the "ingredients" required and reducing the waste and byproducts produced in manufacturing processes. While these choices offer obvious benefits for the manufacturer, such as reduced overhead and lower production costs, they can also offer significant ecological benefits.
In designing and building manufacturing facilities, green principles provide strong insight into proven, highly efficient approaches that can have a tremendous impact on the bottom line, in both the short term and the long term. This is especially true in lean manufacturing operations.
Cost-effective design choices — such as maximizing space utilization to create a facility with a reduced footprint, managing construction waste, sourcing regional materials and components (which reduces shipping cost), and reducing energy and water consumption — can result in larger profits while simultaneously minimizing environmental impact.
HelioVolt, Austin, Texas
HelioVolt, one of the renewable energy industry's most innovative technology leaders, selected TAG International as part of its design build team to establish the company's first full-scale manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas.
Working in collaboration with HelioVolt and Harvey-Cleary Builders, TAG will play an instrumental role in creating a manufacturing facility that produces highly efficient thin film solar energy products aimed at revolutionizing the solar energy industry. This state-of-the-art facility will deliver major advances in thin film technologies and transform traditional solar energy manufacturing processes.
TAG's understanding of green design principles, agility and expertise in creating custom-designed manufacturing processes will enable the company to assist HelioVolt in aligning their design choices with their vision.
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