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Beyond the Spec Book: A Contractor’s Role in Sustainable Construction

  • 05/14/2019
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Department of Construction Management Lyles College of Engineering, 2320 E. San Ramon Ave, IT 160


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1) What can contractors do outside of the specs?

For the past 20 years, building sustainability has revolved primarily around what has been specified prior to contractor involvement. However, the GC industry is starting to realize the impact that construction activity has on greenhouse emissions and water consumption. Our portion of the presentation will focus on what GCs can do to minimize carbon emissions on jobsites during construction and reduce overall environmental impact without the restrictions of contract terms. (examples can include jobsite utility metering, standardization of LED temp lighting, dewatering pump reuse, etc.)

2) What can contractors do within the specs?

Discuss what contractors' roles are as they pertain to design-build involvement with design partners. How does construct-ability intersect with design? How can contractors play a role in ROI analysis with Owners? How can we design our buildings so that their overall lifetime carbon metrics are less impactful?


Emi LaFountain, LEED for Homes AP + WELL AP │ Cost Engineer │ NorCal Regional Sustainability Manager
Turner Construction Company

Kyle Grey 

Assistant Project Manager

Turner Construction Company

Pizza will be served. 

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