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Builder Spotlight - Crosland Contractors

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Builder Spotlight - Crosland Contractors

As the building industry continues to offer ways to cut energy use and costs, homeowners and renters alike are looking to increase energy savings. Fully aware of the renter’s desire for green apartment options, Crosland Contractors aims to create sustainable places that balance environmental accountability and social innovation with economic viability.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Crosland is one of the Southeast’s leading builders and diversified real estate companies, with roots reaching back to the 1930s. Green building is at the heart of their business. Crosland is a member of the U.S. National Green Building Council and has more than 20 LEED-certified professionals on staff.

Crosland’s focus on sustainability is evident in one of its latest projects: Trinity Commons at Erwin, a complex of luxury apartments near Duke University and Duke Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Trinity Commons will house 342 apartments with studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plan options. Phase one will open in late 2010; project completion is slated for August 2011.

The company is aiming to earn LEED Silver certification for this development with the latest green building products and technologies. By meeting some of the highest standards in green building, Crosland hopes to gain a competitive edge and provide maximum comfort as it markets the complex to potential renters.

With a commitment to using sustainable building practices and technologies, incorporating a radiant barrier was an obvious choice for Crosland. LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier Sheathing provided an excellent alternative to standard OSB sheathing to upgrade each building’s entire envelope.

“People are expecting energy savings today, so the ability to market those savings to renters is one of the main reasons we use a radiant barrier,” said Chad Collins, project manager for Crosland. “When you combine the barrier’s energy savings with the other energy efficient products we’re using in the buildings, we expect to see overall energy savings of 16% to 17% for these residents.”

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