J&S Construction awarded Platinum, Gold and Silver LEED certifications

February 14, 2011

Herald-Citizen - Sunday, February 6, 2011

J&S Construction Company, a long time AGC member, is the first general contractor in the state to be awarded Platinum (v3), Gold and Silver certifications. United States Green Building Council (USGBC) officers from the Middle Tennessee chapter were on site at the Times Square Retail Center, located off of Willow Avenue in Cookeville, to present the plaque to the project’s builder, J&S Construction Company. With this project being named first in the state, this certification also stands to be just the sixth Platinum (v3) Certification in the nation.

LEED Platinum certification is the most difficult and highest designation given by the USGBC, which developed a certification system to guide organizations in building and renovating space with sustainability in mind. Many of the materials used for the General Service Administration’s (GSA) 2010 Census Bureau Field Office facility were regionally sourced and manufactured using recycled products, including the wood materials, which are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a nonprofit organization that encourages the use of products harvested using an environmentally responsible method. The space utilizes natural light, low-flow plumbing and water-efficient fixtures, a motion-sensitive lighting system, and low-energy light fixtures.

“We think it is imperative to stay on the leading edge of technology and deliver this technology to our clients in a cost effective way,” said J&S Construction’s CEO, Johnny Stites. “This delivery will give our clients a very short return on investment with the green products used.  For example, the gas heating bill for the entire 62,000 sq feet of Times Square Retail Space averaged $200 per month this past winter.”

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States. AGC represents more than 32,000 firms, including 7,000 of America’s leading general contractors, and over 11,000 specialty-contracting firms. More than 13,000 service providers and suppliers are associated with AGC through a nationwide network of chapters.  Visit the AGC Web site at www.tnagc.org.  AGC members are "Building Your Quality of Life.”

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