Low VOC materials were also used throughout the project. Gordon explains that the WIU building also features fluid air barriers on the exterior. Fluid-applied coatings create a barrier that controls air leakage into and out of the building envelope.
Tips of the trade
Gordon has previous experience working on LEED projects. “From a general contractor standpoint there is more paperwork involved in LEED projects,” he notes. “A lot of the burden put on the contractor is making sure subcontractors are using the correct materials and providing correct information during the submittal process. Keeping track of that information throughout the submittal process is critical to whether a project will achieve LEED certification.”
“I feel very fortunate to have worked on this project,” Gordon concludes. “It’s good for the community and environment, and since it’s part of a university, it’s a high-profile project that helps more people to be aware of the benefits of sustainable building.”
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