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March 13, 2015

Pole Barns & Post Frame Buildings: a Green Building Solution

Anyone looking to find a reliable growth industry would be wise to look for what's green. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the booming market for green, or environmentally-friendly, lead to employment growth that was 4 times faster than all other industries – that includes construction.

Green industry isn't likely to stop its growth anytime soon, and green building is no different from anything else. Green building isn't just responsible, it's crucial to market competitiveness in a world where people are more and more concerned with doing their part for the environment.

Luckily for pole barn enthusiasts, post frame construction is uniquely suited to meet environmental standards and provide a green solution to anyone looking to build responsibly. But what exactly are these standards, and what makes a building "green?"

According to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), a green building is one that "building that provides the specified building performance requirements while minimizing disturbance to and improving the functioning of local, regional, and global ecosystems both during and after its construction and specified service life." The United States Green Building Council is the foremost authority on maintaining and ensuring proper execution of this ideal, laying out Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for new and existing buildings.

In order to comply with LEED standards buildings must comply with all relevant regulations and efficiency and occupancy standards. Regulations differ according to use and location, but here are a few ways that post frame structures are ideal to meet the most common standards.

  • Post frame buildings and pole barns minimize erosion and soil disturbance by requiring only post holes instead of a full foundation. This also means that there's less likelihood for vegetation disturbances.
  • Post frame construction is ideal for invasive pest control, as post covers are an easy, non-invasive, non-chemical way to prevent their thriving.
  • Post frame buildings excel in material efficiency, requiring fewer materials than more traditional stick-built structures.
  • The cavities created in post frame walls means that there's the opportunity for more insulation than in many buildings, leading to excellent energy efficiency.

If you're a builder or just an interested party and want to know more about green building and environmental standards, get in touch with the Green Building Certification Institute to learn more. If you're interested in post frame buildings and pole barns, look no further than The Pole Barn Company, offering the highest quality custom pole barn kits. There's a green future waiting!

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