As the word “green” slowly stopped referring merely to a color, GH Phipps began taking steps to make its construction processes as sustainable as possible. This results in conserving resources, building healthier environments, and finding better ways to recycle and reuse building materials so they don’t turn into just more waste in a landfill.
GH Phipps has been committed to sustainable building since 1992, but the momentum really began to build in 2003, when Boulder Community Hospitals’ Foothills Campus was certified LEED™ Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council. It was the first hospital in the country to be certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) program.
Phipps has constructed 28 projects that are certified as meeting or on track to be LEED™ certified, and several others have been designed and built to meet LEED™ certification standards. The GH Phipps staff includes 26 employees with LEED™ professional credentials, demonstrating a thorough understanding of sustainable building practices and principles, and LEED™ Rating Systems.
Green construction methods can be integrated into buildings at any stage, from design and construction, to renovation and deconstruction. We prefer early participation with the project’s design team to determine which sustainability solutions make the most sense -- from determining LEED™ credit category goals, to identifying innovative practices that can make a building easier on the planet.
Learn more about the U.S. Green Building Council, or USGBC, a Washington, D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders. This program has become the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.