February 20, 2012

Miller-Valentine Group Named First ABC Certified Green Contractor in the Carolinas

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) named Miller-Valentine Commercial Construction the first Certified Green Contractor in the Carolinas. The certification recognizes construction companies that implement green practices and principles in the workplace.

“The Certified Green Contractor program is another step in ABC’s goal to provide support and recognition for those members who are setting an example for the industry by promoting green practices within the company and those members who would like to create sustainability in the workplace as well as in the construction practices,” said J. Douglas Hunter, chairman of the ABC National Green Building Committee.

The Green Contractor Certification process involves meeting a variety of prerequisite requirements: such as distributing documents electronically, establishing an aggressive recycling program, and successfully undergoing a third-party onsite assessment. In addition, each company must achieve education and training benchmarks, such as instructing employees on sustainability issues and requiring their managers to receive green building awareness education.

Miller-Valentine is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and has nearly 20 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professionals on staff. Miller-Valentines’ LEED AP’s are trained in detail on sustainable design, the LEED rating system and Green building practices to better assist their customers in achieving their environmentally sustainable goals.

“The ABC Green Contractor Certification Program was a catalyst for the development of our Miller-Valentine Associate Sustainability Handbook which addresses our company policies and procedures regarding the implemented environmentally sustainable practices at our office and jobsite locations,” said Kurt Eyring, vice president and partner with Miller-Valentine Group. “We are proud to have been recognized for our environmental stewardship and the positive impact we are making within the construction industry.”