“Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. For humans, sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of well-being, which has ecological, economic, political and cultural dimensions. Sustainability requires the reconciliation of environmental, social equity and economic demands - also referred to as the "three pillars" of sustainability or the 3 E’s.” (Wikipedia)
In the building realm, sustainability starts with the selection of materials used for construction and how the use of those materials effects the global environment from the time a structure is built, through its lifecycle, and when it ultimately is demolished or destroyed.
As a manufacturer, HercuTech Inc. strives to minimize the environmental impact of its products through innovative use of materials and product design, and by adopting sustainable production techniques. We believe that our long-term success is to supply products that perform better for both contractors and owners, products that have a lower environmental impact than those we replace, and products that have longer lifecycles that can be recycled instead of tossed into landfills at the end of their life. We make every effort to provide these benefits at no overall cost premium.
Greenbuild International Expo 2009 became a pivotal event in providing HercuWall® visibility to the building community. HercuTech in cooperation with the Salt River Materials Group (SRMG) constructed a tour home for the conference held that year in Phoenix, Arizona. The home demonstrated both new and improved products and technologies and was an opportunity to showcase HercuWall® to a broad base of professionals. The industry still points to this project as a significant catalyst for change in building science.
Designed to achieve “Net-Zero” energy usage, owners over the lifespan of this home will never have to pay an electric utility bill. Had this 1,340 SF home been constructed to meet current energy code standards, it would have required 4 tons of air conditioning capacity. Instead, only a 1.5-ton capacity unit was required resulting in initial cost savings for equipment and a 50% reduction in ongoing energy usage.
Environments for Living, a Masco Company and an independent energy rater, certified that the average cost to heat and cool this house would not exceed $32 per month. This is remarkable in a desert climate as the calculations were computed without consideration for supplemental solar energy.
With solar, this home was better than net-zero, putting surplus power back onto the grid. HercuWall® technology was a major factor in making this home a reality and a contributor to the LEED Platinum® energy certification that the project received. The home was donated to Habitat for Humanity.
What is LEED®? An acronym for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” LEED® is an energy rating system that has been widely adopted. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council for all types of commercial and residential construction, LEED Platinum® is their highest level of performance that is attributed to a small percentage of LEED® certified projects.