FRANKLIN PARK, ILL. — “The business case for green building has been proven,” said Jim Allen, President and CEO of Sloan Valve Co., at a recent Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Allen was invited by the U.S. Green Building Council to give his perspective as an American manufacturer supplying products to the Green Building Industry on what the green building movement has meant to his company.
Allen was joined in the briefing by two other presenters, each representing a different discipline of green building. First to speak was Kenny Stanfield of Sherman-Carter-Barnhard (SCB) Architects. Mr. Stanfield presented an incredibly compelling case study of a Zero-Net Energy School in Kentucky. Following Stanfield was Theresa Lehman, Director of Sustainable Services for Miron Construction. Lehman astounded the audience by stating that her company has enjoyed a 1,400% increase in LEED work from five years ago.
The briefing, sponsored by Congressmen Cory Gardner (R-Co.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.), was moderated by Roger Platt, Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law of the USGBC.
“American manufacturers such as Sloan have been leading the way in the green building movement,” said Platt. “We’re proud to have Mr. Allen here to speak on behalf of the manufacturing community of USGBC’s membership.”
Allen went on to clarify what LEED and the green building movement has meant to Sloan over the recent economic downturn. He referenced a recent McGraw-Hill Green Outlook report when he said, “We’ve seen a fundamental shift in what drives people to build green. The industry has gone from a mindset that it’s the ‘right thing to do’ to one driven by the real economic benefits of building green.”
Allen concluded his remarks by saying, “Green building has impacted everything we do and how we do it. Green drives us to be more innovative, it compels us to be more responsible, and it encourages us to make a difference.”
Sloan is a leading manufacturer of water-efficient plumbing systems and has been in operation since 1906. Headquartered in Franklin Park, Ill., the company manufactures plumbing products for commercial, industrial and institutional markets worldwide.
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