IBT Enterprises Joins U.S. Green Building Council
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IBT Enterprises Joins U.S. Green Building Council

ATLANTA, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- IBT Enterprises, a leader in design, construction and consulting for the financial services and specialty retail industries, has joined the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The USGBC is a non-profit organization composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. IBT is one of the first design/build providers with a focus on financial services to have USGBC standing.

According to the USGBC, U.S. buildings are responsible for 12 percent of the nation's water use, 36 percent of green house gases, 40 percent of solid waste and 70 percent of the nation's electricity consumption. By contrast, green buildings can save 30 to 50 percent of energy, 38 percent of CO2 emissions, 40 percent of water and 70 percent of solid waste.

"The documented impact buildings have on the environment is considerable," said Mylle Mangum, CEO of IBT. "Designing and constructing facilities that adhere to sustainable build and operational principles helps fulfill our clients' desire for meaningful, substantive and long term community involvement. This allows our clients to both reduce their daily impact on the environment, and enjoy lowered operational costs over the life of the building."

According to a recent report, there is no significant difference in average development costs for green buildings as compared to non-green buildings and most green buildings recoup any extra expenditure through increased energy efficiency in less than five years.(1)

"The transformation of the building marketplace can be measured through the people who are a part of it," said Heather Tomlinson, vice president of community for USGBC. "We welcome IBT Enterprises into our diverse, 11,000-plus membership base, and look forward to working with them in the future."

IBT's design and architectural team has also begun the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation process, with nearly 50 percent of IBT's designers already having achieved Accredited Professional status. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

"IBT continues to be at the forefront of the industry, and we are excited to add this important design/build approach to our scope of services," added Mangum.

For more information about IBT and its portfolio of design, construction and consulting services, visit www.ibtenterprises.com.

About IBT Enterprises

IBT is a leading source of forward-thinking designs and ideas in the arena of financial services and specialty retail. Over its 22-year history, the company has consulted to more than 190 retail and 550 financial services clients on the development of thousands of workspaces. IBT offers a comprehensive range of integrated services, including retail distribution strategy, market research, space planning, design and construction, performance training and coaching. For more information about IBT visit www.ibtenterprises.com.

    1.   The Cost of Green Revisited, Lisa Fay Matthiessen and Peter Morris,
July 2007

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