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Building a More Sustainable Future

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What can we do to make our facilities more sustainable? A question frequently asked by many of our customers in today’s marketplace. Neumann Brothers strives to create a more sustainable future through educating owners and building operators about sustainable construction and maintenance practices.

“We’ve been building and rebuilding Des Moines for more than 100 years,” said Marshall Linn, President and CEO. “Educating business owners about sustainable construction is one way that we can help ensure the future of our community.”

Neumann Brothers informs owners of the many benefits of sustainable construction that precipitates lower operating costs and increases asset value, the conservation of energy, water, and other resources, and a healthier and safer environment for the building occupants. Environmental sustainability is also cost-effective; providing owners with environmentally friendly options and techniques without having to spend more money. Sustainable techniques such as sourcing local vendors, recycling demolition material, and using natural lighting can yield operating cost savings and while costing the same as a non-sustainable approach.

As a part of supporting environmental responsibility, Neumann Brothers embraces the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing business owners and operators framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

Neumann Brothers has built and renovated many buildings using LEED guidelines including most recently the World Food Prize. This building became the first “Platinum” certified project in Iowa for a building on the National Historic Registry and one of only a handful of century old buildings in the country to achieve this standard. The LEED “Platinum” standard is the highest possible rating by the U.S. Green Building Council. The building, constructed in 1899 was beautifully restored under the environmentally friendly standards. The building features 96 photo vaultaic solar panels to generate power, 101 geothermal wells for heating and cooling the building, and an 8,000 gallon tank that reuses water from the roof to flush water closets, urinals, and irrigate the garden. The use of technology was a key focus by the Owner on this project to transform the historical building into one of the City’s most energy efficient buildings. RDG Planning and Design was the architect on this project.

Neumann Brothers has four LEED Accredited Professional staff members and the following projects certified or currently pending certification over the last five years:

  • Grinnell College CERA Complex – Gold Certification
  • Grinnell College Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center – CERTIFIED
  • Grinnell College East Campus Residence Halls – CERTIFIED
  • Armed Forces Readiness Center at Camp Dodge – Silver Certification
  • Ankeny First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center – CERTIFIED
  • Grinnell College Athletic & Fitness Center Phase II – Silver Certification
  • AFRC Reserve Center at Middletown – Silver Certification
  • AFRC Field Maintenance Shop at Middletown – Silver Certification
  • Iowa Air Guard, Bldg. 180 – Silver Certification
  • World Food Prize – Platinum Certification
  • Des Moines Airport Car Rental Facility – Registered, seeking Silver Certification
  • Grinnell Preschool Psychology Lab – GOLD Certification

Through educating owners, Neumann Brothers is working to create an environmentally friendly atmosphere through sustainable construction. We take responsibility for our actions and environment to create a better, more sustainable future.

Neumann Brothers, Inc. is a general contractor located in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa specializing in pre-construction and construction services including new construction, construction management, historical restoration and renovation, tenant improvements, design-build construction and industrial and millwright services. Last year, Neumann Brothers celebrated their 100th year anniversary.