SEMCO Becomes US Green Building Council Member

  • Thursday, May 4, 2006

    Columbia MO, May 4, 2006 -- SEMCO, a global provider of indoor air quality solutions, serving the commercial, industrial, and institutional markets, today announced that it has joined the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

    As the leading organization representing the entire industry on environmental building matters, the USGBC's unique perspective and collective power provides members with tremendous opportunities to change the way buildings are designed, built and maintained.

    "We've been the leader in energy recovery technology for 20 years and the benefits of this technology mirror the goals that drive the USGBC and LEED."
    Doug Haas, National Sales Director for the Desiccant Wheel Products Division, said that joining the USGBC was a very easy decision. "We've been the leader in energy recovery technology for 20 years and the benefits of this technology mirror the goals that drive the USGBC and LEED," Haas said. "As a steadfast advocate of 'green' design, we want to continue to be involved in and support energy efficiency and environmentally sound projects wherever we can."
    The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System® is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED provides a complete framework for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals. Based on well-founded scientific standards, LEED emphasizes state of the art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED recognizes achievements and promotes expertise in green building through a comprehensive system offering project certification, professional accreditation, training and practical resources.

    USGBC members like SEMCO forge strategic alliances with key industry and research organizations and federal, state and local government agencies to create more opportunities to build green. This in turn creates a positive impact on the natural environment, economy, health and productivity.

    Building green takes on great importance when you consider the following statistics:

    In the U.S., buildings account for:

    36% of total energy use and 65% of electricity consumption.
    30% of greenhouse gas emissions.30% of raw materials use.
    30% of waste output/136 million tons annually.
    12% of potable water consumption.
    Designers, builders and owners who want to build green and maximize environmental and economic performance can leverage important breakthroughs in building science, technology and operations.
    Environmental benefits:

    Enhancing and protecting ecosystems and biodiversity.
    Improving air and water quality.
    Reducing solid waste.
    Conserving natural resources.
    Health and community benefits:
    Improving air, thermal and acoustic environments.
    Enhancing occupant comfort and health.
    Minimizing strain on local infrastructure.
    Contributing to overall quality of life.
    For more information visit the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Web Site at: www.usgbc.org
    About SEMCO

    SEMCO is a privately held corporation founded in 1963 dedicated to developing and producing technically advanced, cost-effective products and services that improve indoor environments. The company's major product lines include: desiccant based total energy recovery wheels and systems, packaged ventilation and humidity control equipment, dedicated outdoor air systems, acoustic panels, sound attenuators, and noise barriers; and spiral, round, and oval duct.

    SEMCO has its headquarters and research facility in Columbia, Missouri, and operates six manufacturing facilities at the following locations: Arlington, Texas; Crossville, Tennessee; Roanoke, Virginia; Salisbury, Missouri; Morrilton and Petit Jean, Arkansas.

    SEMCO
    1800 East Pointe Drive
    Columbia, Missouri 65201-3508
    Phone: 1-888-4-SEMCOINC
    Fax: 573-886-5408
    Web Site: www.semcoinc.com