What Green means to Skanska

Green is a major global movement and our urban centers are in a period of exciting transition. The planet holds more people but has certain finite resources to meet the growing needs for energy, water, and other natural resources & raw materials. Green societies are more livable and healthy places that reduce stress on our natural resources. It is increasingly clear that people are attracted to more sustainable societies.

Green benefits everyone: customers, society, Skanska and our people. Our clients and tenants are increasingly demanding new green buildings, and the greening of existing buildings. Green buildings are inspiring, flexible environments that facilitate creativity, productivity and well-being. Giving people the best possible conditions in which to live work and play is, for many reasons, the right thing to do.

1776 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA

1776 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA

1776 Wilson Blvd Solar Array

1776 Wilson Blvd Solar Array

Green buildings have a lower life cycle cost. That is a lower construction cost, lower operating costs and lower maintenance costs. We achieve this by collaborating to find the most efficient solutions, specify sustainable materials and deliver optimal quality. We minimize waste, carbon, energy consumption and water throughout design, construction and the lifecycle of the building or infrastructure.

Horace Mann Elementary School Lobby

Horace Mann Elementary School Lobby, Washington D.C.

The majority of our projects in Greater Washington are LEED Gold or Platinum. Skanska can assist you in identifying as early as possible, what green opportunities your unique project can offer. 

Click here to read about our new Brookland Middle School.

Click here to read about our LEED Platinum Offices, 1776 Wilson Blvd.

Sustainable Design means... 

 Collaborative, green culture between the Designer, Contractor and Client from the earliest stage to identify the needs of the end users.
 Flexible, multi-use space. Design an inspiring environment that can be adapted for future needs. 
 Specify sustainable MEP & materials that minimize carbon, energy, water, waste and cost.
 Renewables (e.g. solar, energy piles, rainwater). Use life cycle cost analysis.
 Light and Air Quality. Use of daylight, natural ventilation, efficient lighting and HVAC.

Sustainable Construction means…

 High quality workmanship. Enhance product, increase lifespan, reduce maintenance and cost. 
 Minimize waste and inefficiencies. Prefabrication, collaborative planning, recycling. 
 Community outreach. Jobs for neighbors, communicate updates, green awareness.
 Educate end users. BIM asset management, Energy Management Systems to monitor usage.
 Minimize carbon, energy, water and waste throughout the construction process.

DC Net Zero Report

In 2013, our Steve Clem and Beth Heider partnered with the International Living Future Institute and the New Buildings Institute to complete a report for the District Department of the Environment. This report investigates costs, benefits and approaches necessary to improve building performance in the District of Columbia from LEED Platinum to zero energy, zero water and Living Building status. It advises District government on policy drivers related to deep green buildings and analyzes the opportunities for the District to offer incentives to advance most rapidly toward zero energy, zero water and Living Buildings.

Click here for the DC Net Zero Report