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Ralph Ward of Scott Builders, a Canadian Butler Builder, in the ATCO Gas facility in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. The building meets both the USA LEED and the Canadian CBID sustainability specifications, which cover the environmental effect of materials, construction, ongoing energy use and occupant health.

Butler ‘LEEDS’ the Way in Sustainable Design

Leading by example is a good way to get your environmental message across. Butler Manufacturing, BlueScope Steel’s pre-engineered building solutions operation in the United States, is doing just that.

Butler is supplying projects in the United States and Canada that are leading examples of facilities that incorporate sustainable ‘green’ design and construction criteria. A number of the projects have passed the test of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

Foremost among these is Steelcare Inc, which was the first industrial building to earn LEED Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council. It features the Butler CMR-24® standing seam metal roof system. Steelcare’s state-of-the-art steel coil warehouse demonstrates the value of green design by its energy efficiency, particularly in the use of natural gas and electricity.

Butler has been at the forefront of developing alternatives to conventional construction for more than a century, and focused on improving the energy efficiency of nonresidential buildings since the 1970s.

Testing at the Butler Research Centre in Grandview, Missouri allows Butler to develop unique design features for its various metal roof systems, with highly energy-efficient assemblies.

Most recently, the Butler Research Centre has focused on how to improve the energy efficiency of metal roofs. This work led to a coating that complies with California's stringent energy-related building codes for low-slope roof systems.

“You can see the results of this research in built environments throughout North America,” says Pat Finan, President of Butler Buildings North America. "We intend for Butler to remain at the leading edge of our industry with sustainable construction."

Projects using Butler Buildings’ green design include:

  • a new helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft hangar for the US Coast Guard in Mobile, Alabama being built by Butler Construction (BUCON)
  • Bryan Construction, a Butler Builder® based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, applied LEED-inspired design and project delivery practices at another military hangar project at March Air Force Base, California
  • University of Connecticut completed the Mark R. Shenkman Training Centre at the Burton Family Football Complex.

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