Vanguard tried to limit the amount of building materials in our new facility. By allowing much of our ceilings to be solid rock instead of ceiling tiles, Vanguard avoided using 4,114 sq. ft. of tiles in our new offices and eliminated the need for future tile replacement.
Instead of carpets, we decided to use polished concrete flooring in much of our new facility. These floors are cleaned only with water, no chemicals necessary, and will never need to be replaced. In doing so, Vanguard avoided the usage of 10,041 sq. ft. of carpet and all future replacements.
Vanguard wanted to avoid increasing other companies’ carbon footprints during our construction. Instead of buying new lights, one of our employees suggested we buy lighting overruns from other construction projects, avoiding the increased carbon footprint that would have occurred had we ordered new lighting.
Solar panels in a cave? Yes. We thought of it all. Our toilets and sinks operate with motion sensors to minimize transmission of germs. The motion sensors use solar panels that are powered from the T5 fluorescent lighting already in our bathrooms.