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Stebnisky and MFG Water Treatment LEED’ing the Way
In late 2009 teammate Chris Stebnisky at MFG Water Treatment Products became the first LEED Green Associate for MFG. The end-point of attaining this certification was passing a rigorous exam of 200 intensive questions with a score of 170 or better. But a lot of concentrated effort was involved along the way — establishing professional eligibility, classroom time in Philadelphia, and months of intense independent study.
The LEED Green Building rating system is the internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. There are different levels of certification — LEED Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The level of certification is determined by a point system that ranks the environmental impact of various things such as energy efficiency, material composition, material use and waste, etc. It is now common practice for conscientious developers, building owners and government agencies to require construction companies to design to this standard in order to compete for their projects.
How can specifying MFG Water Treatment Products help builders toward LEED certification? According to Chris Stebnisky, “If you are designing to achieve LEED credits on a building project, it is important to understand the sections, credits and products that are impacted by materials choices. Specifying fiber glass reinforced plastic (FRP) materials can help you to qualify for credits within the LEED rating system. With the knowledge that we have about how our products contribute to reducing environmental impacts, we can help customers at the design stage of their projects.”
These are a few ways that MFG Water Treatment Products help
• Reduced lifecycle maintenance and repair costs because it is longer lasting and renewable materials require fewer resources
• Unique manufacturing process allows for factory-applied color and delivers a quality finish — virtually eliminating the VOCs that occur during painting.
• Low thermal conductivity of FRP reduces energy consumption for heating and cooling when used in building structures.
• Lighter weight than many alternative materials, FRP reduces the impact of transporting the product to the site.
• FRP products can be custom designed for exact fit, reducing fabrication, handling and waste at the site.
“As part of our sales growth strategy, it was our intention to have a LEED-certified teammate at WTP to aid customers in the design phases of their projects,” said Dennis Vorse, general manager of MFG Water Treatment Products. “In addition, we also saw the benefit of supporting continuous improvements in our own processes, material choices and work environment.”
Congratulations Chris for your outstanding effort and accomplishment!