Green factors including recycling, energy efficiency, environmental air quality and regional manufacturing all help reduce the impact on the environment and are considered during the sign manufacturing process. If you would like help with your LEED project, contact our LEED Accredited Professional (AP) Cedric Balton-Stier. Email
A major component of the LEED principles is the use of recycled material through construction. Using recycled materials helps to reduce waste, but also reduces demand on new materials. Businesses wanting LEED's credit for their signage can use recycled materials such as the metals for pylons, plastics in lettering, and even the skeletons of old signs. Refurbishing or updating old neglected signs is an especially good option for vintage signage. Balton Sign Company refurbished the iconic Sputnik sign of Memphis, making it one of the few completely operational Milks' Roto-Spheres in the country. The historic Orpheum Theatre sign was refurbished and updated to contain a modern message center. And when materials cannot be recycled for signage, Balton Sign Company makes every effort to find them a home so that they don't end up in the landfill.
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Power consumption can be controlled through the type and amount of illumination used in a sign. T-8 and LED illumination uses considerably less electricity while maintaining light quality. LED illumination is much more energy efficient than neon or fluorescent tube illumination with no toxic components. And since LED illumination is longer lasting, replacement time and cost is reduced. Even with more traditional forms of lighting, consumption and costs can be reduced when lighting is expertly placed to fully illuminate with as few lights as possible. Reducing power consumption not only provides the initial benefit of assisting in the LEED certification of a building, but also is an on-going cost savings for the customer.
New green products are continually being introduced, and we considerate it our job to use them whenever possible. Low VOC acrylic base polyurethane paint sprayed using Specialized High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) applicators achieves superior color coatings with minimal over spray and waste. Interior signage produced from acrylic and aluminum back photopolymer has an etching layer that is water soluble meaning no harmful chemicals are required for processing and the byproducts do not cause harm to the environment. Solid digital prints can coat base material and eliminate VOC emissions altogether while still achieving a quality full color appearance.
LEED certification gives credit when parts or materials are purchased within a 500-mile radius of the project site. This means that the materials need to be extracted, processed and manufactured within this radius. Using regionally manufactured signs not only lowers the carbon footprint and cost of a project by reducing shipping distances, but it also reduces the waste of packaging materials.