Friday, October 19, 2007

First of its Kind in Minnesota

A good friend and client of mine has a business that specializes in energy efficient lighting and is working on a really cool restaurant project right now.

While Al Gore runs hypocritically around the planet in his private jet extolling the end of the world, here is a local business that is truly putting forth a genuine effort to show that energy and environmental efficiency is not only a good idea but good business.

The Red Stag Supperclub will be the first LEED-certified restaurant in Minnesota.

What is LEED certification?

In the United States and in a number of other countries around the world, LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving LEED certification is the best way for you to demonstrate that your building project is truly "green."

The LEED green building rating system -- developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders -- is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being.

LEED bases its rating on sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED ratings can be applied to businesses as well as homes.

The goal for the project is to re-use or re-purpose as much of the construction materials as possible while also seeking the most energy-efficient appliances and machines available. For example, owner Kim Barton and her team are using reclaimed wood in their trays and reclaimed marble and restaurant booths from a hotel remodel, and solid wood doors that would have been thrown away, for table tops. The restaurant design also includes features that should result in a 70% savings in water consumption.

The Red Stag will be the first restaurant ever to be lit solely with Light Emitting Diodes (LED's). They cost a lot more but last longer and use less energy than conventional lighting - and do not contain mercury by the way, like most fluorescent bulbs. This will result in at least a 50% energy savings on lighting alone.

You should start to hear more about this innovative project in the local and potentially national media as it nears completion.

Check out their blog here.

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