Over 136 million tons of construction and demolition waste are generated each year in the United States. The effect a building has on the environment can be substantially minimized with the efficient use and disposal of building materials. In its simplest form of conservation, LEED looks at the products and materials that are used in building construction and requires that they be used efficiently, conservatively and pragmatically, from specification of recycled material content in design to ensuring the project is managing its waste stream effectively during construction and beyond.
Recycling centers are located in both the Dally Tower and the parking garage. Items that are recycled include paper, cardboard, metal and plastic. MultiCare Health System has developed a policy to constantly improve recycling over time.
This building uses a minimum of 10% regional materials which is a material used in the construction of the building that was extracted, processed and manufactured within 500 miles of the site. The benefit of regionally extracted materials include minimized transportation fuels, helps promote regional architectural expression and reinforces local manufacturing.
Over 50% of the wood in the Dally Tower is certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council’s requirements. FSC encourages environmentally responsible forest management and due in part to this LEED requirement, the number of sustainably managed forests are increasing worldwide.
Rapidly renewable materials are considered to be an agricultural product, both fiber and animal, that takes 10 years or less to grow or raise, and to harvest in an ongoing and sustainable fashion. Bamboo is used extensively on the project.