VMZINC achieves green construction recognition

February 4, 2013
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VMZINC, specialists in innovative zinc products, has received two 2012 Building and Roofing Awards from Metal Construction News. The North Carolina-based business was also named the Overall Winner for the AIA North Carolina Center for Architecture and Design in Raleigh, North Carolina, and achieved the Best Metal Building Award for Mid-Rise.

The North Carolina building was designed by Frank Harmon, incorporating the extensive use of green building materials and was constructed with the latest in sustainable practices. An application has been sent to the U.S. Green Building Council so that the structure may achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

“We are truly honored to be involved in high-caliber projects such as the AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design and the Stephen Hawking building at the Perimeter Institute Centre for Theoretical Physics,” said Daniel Nicely, managing director at VMZINC® -US and Umicore Building Products USA, Inc. “The zinc used in these two projects is highly sustainable, natural and innovative, and we are proud that our product played a key role in the sustainable and atheistically pleasing design of both of these beautiful buildings.”

The building was originally constructed in 2004, but it later underwent a significant remodeling in March 2011. The designers had included a 50,000-square-foot expansion at a price tag of $26.5 million, without increasing the carbon footprint associated with the property.

“It is a great accomplishment to be honored by Metal Construction News’ Building and Roofing Awards,” said Ravila Gupta, president of Umicore USA. “We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with two incredibly talented architectural firms on both projects, and we are grateful they chose VMZINC as the product manufacturers for their roofing needs.”

The building is used as an on-site manufacturing site for zinc. The material, when used in construction requires little maintenance and has a long lifespan. The eco-friendly material is 100 percent recyclable, which is why more environmentally dedicated organizations are incorporating its use at an increased rate.

Businesses and various organizations are supporting the inclusion of green building practices. Initiatives like the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) are helping construction professionals and commercial property owners to adopt energy-efficient technologies and solutions. The agency is based out of Philadelphia, and was established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).