Shingobee’s construction professionals have experience and are prepared to work with our clients and design associates on energy-efficient design solutions for building construction. We have experience with green solutions such as geo-thermal heating and cooling systems, green roofs, solar energy applications, electronically monitored HVAC, low-flow plumbing, and more. For more about our approach to green building, read about our green initiatives.
Geo-Thermal Heating/Cooling Systems
Alternative heating/cooling systems can provide measurable return on investment. The heating/cooling system at this bank facility, constructed by Shingobee, was designed to take advantage of very forward-thinking, efficient, renewable underground geo-thermal systems. Forty-two wells were drilled under the parking lot and green areas, each 180-200 feet deep, to provide the underlying heating and cooling source for the entire facility. The additional installation expense would be recuperated within six to nine years, depending on the market price of fossil fuels, such as natural gas.
Shingobee constructed a 30,000 square foot green roof at the Dakotah! Ice Center, using the latest technology in soil, irrigation, and plantings. The green roof will treat and reduce storm water runoff, ease energy costs and consumption, and add to the total green space for the Ice Center.
Solar Energy Applications
Solar panels and daylighting are effective ways to reduce energy consumption. Shingobee has experience with installation of solar panels, which collect energy to power building equipment, and skylights coupled with daylight harvesting sensors, which help reduce energy consumption by providing natural daylight to the building interior. When there is enough natural light coming in, the daylight sensors shut the lights off, thus saving energy.
Use of Recycled and Renewable Materials
Many building owners with whom Shingobee has worked are interested in cost-effective use of recycled and renewable materials in building construction and remodeling. On the Landscape Structures project, we utilized exterior building materials which were either renewable (wood siding) or contained a high content of recycled material (metal siding), and interior building materials (gypsum wallboard, carpet, and vinyl flooring) that contained a high content of recycled products. In addition, all waste materials on our jobsites are sorted for recycling, thus reducing the amount of product being sent to the landfill.
Electrical Energy Savings
Shingobee has worked with many clients to utilize energy- and cost-saving programs offered by energy utilities. On a recent office project, lighting and controls, motor controls, glazing systems, etc. were designed to meet the recommendations of Xcel Energy’s Energy Assets program. This included installation of daylight and motion sensing lighting controls, energy saving fluorescent light fixtures with electronic ballasts, use of energy saving compact fluorescent lights in lieu of incandescent downlights to define circulation areas, and LED lamps in all exit lights.
Heating Systems That Recycle Waste Products
- Electronically monitored HVAC systems to conserve energy usage
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures to conserve water usage
- Use of low-E insulated and solar tinted glass to reduce heat gain
- Rain gardens / water retention ponds
- Recycled and/or permeable materials for exterior hardscaping
- Use of native plant materials in landscaping