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GCE Partners with National Leaders in Community-Based Sustainable Redevelopment

By Green Coast on 20 Jun 2016

GCE has been providing green-certification services to the Iberville and Basin project
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GCE has been providing green-certification services to the Iberville and Basin project

Green building certification can be a win/win for developers and future tenants.

Louisiana and Mississippi state housing corporations encourage developers to make green building certification part of any low-income tax credit financed housing proposal, and GCE Services can work with developers to not only acquire the certification, but also show them how to save money and increase building efficiency.

Already experienced in green building certification, GCE Services now offers the advantage of partnering with two recognized national leaders in community-based sustainable redevelopment.

Elevate Energy and New Ecology Inc., have committed a $500,000 capital investment to GCE Services. GCE’s Managing Partner Jackie Dadakis says that the funds have been used to purchase state-of-the-art testing equipment such as a blower door tool and a thermal camera, and provide additional training.

“We are the only firm that has a relationship with two of the most respected organizations in this field,” Dadakis says. “The investment is more than just money; it’s also ongoing technical assistance.”

For many years it was thought that “going green” meant higher construction costs, delayed project completion, and that it wasn™t something that tenants desired. GCE’s Director of Construction Services Stephanie Mezynski says that nowadays the opposite is true.

“This benefits everyone,” says Mezynski. “For developers, it means getting them state incentives and saves them money. On the tenant side, it means lower utility bills, and a more comfortable and healthier living environment.”

During the planning stage, GCE Services consults with developers on incorporating Enterprise Green Communities certification, a national standard for green building, into their proposals. When construction commences, GCE monitors the work and after ensuring the green standards are in place, completes the certification process.

“It can be a pretty seamless process and is easily incorporated into the construction,“says Dadakis.

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