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In San Diego and the Inland Empire, Reno Contracting has committed its resources and employees to achieving today's highest standards of green building. Reno has made it a priority to educate and certify many of its project managers and staff in the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED program, a voluntary national standard for developing high-performance sustainable buildings that reduce environmental impact. To maintain these standards, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) uses a green rating system developed by USGBC. Points are given to establish the level of LEED certification and are based upon sustainable site planning, maintaining water economy and quality, efficient energy sources, renewable energy use, conservation of materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

Jane Leonard, a member of the board of directors of the USGBC's San Diego Chapter, notes that "One of the USGBC's primary goals is to increase green building knowledge and practice through education, and we applaud companies that are committed to driving market transformation through green building professional development programs within their companies."

In order to gain LEED-accreditation and achieve the goals of the USGBC, Reno Contracting employees go through intensive study of criteria necessary for green building, followed by an exam that tests their knowledge. In 2008, administration of the Professional Accreditation program was handed off to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The GBCI, established with the support of the USGBC, handles exam development and delivery to allow for objective, balanced management of the credentialing program. Currently, Reno Contracting has the largest number of LEED-accredited professionals on staff in San Diego. Following an upcoming LEED exam in May, Reno will more than double its number of accredited employees.

Kilroy Realty's Sabre Springs Class A office campus, built by Reno Contracting, has been pre-certified for LEED Accreditation.

It has become apparent that the future is "green." Developers, builders and the general public are becoming increasingly aware that our dwindling natural resources, along with the threat to our environment, require a new approach now -- and in the future. "At Reno, we view it as a top priority to get as many of our staff as possible LEED-accredited," says Eric Gradyan, Reno project manager and LEED-accredited professional. "With the increased awareness of the viability of building green, we want to remain at the forefront of this movement."

Reno's goal is to have the majority of its personnel, including project engineers and superintendents, LEED-accredited.

Examples of Reno's commitment to green building can be seen in the construction of Kilroy Realty's Sabre Springs campus. This project awaits a LEED Silver Award -- a level above basic certification. Reno Contracting is currently at work on BioMed Realty's core and shell four-story lab and office project in San Diego, also in line for Silver certification. Biomed Realty wholeheartedly embraced Reno's application for LEED certification for its project. With more developers and property owners joining the "green revolution," more successes such as these can be expected.

"It's a win-win situation. Green construction will cut the building owner's costs by reducing the drain on energy and resources, while creating a better work environment for tenants," says Heidi Lambert, a Reno project engineer.

As the advantages of sustainable construction become even more widespread, the building community anticipates a sharp increase in the acceptability and desirability of green buildings. With companies such as Reno Contracting as an example, transitioning to a "greener" way to build will become the industry standard.

To learn more about Reno Contracting's project-planning process in building green, call Eric Gradyan, LEED-accredited professional, at (619) 220-0224.

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