City of Allen (Texas) Fire Station No. 5 Targets USGBC LEED® Platinum Designation

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When Pro Forma Architecture began planning the new City of Allen (Texas) Fire Station No. 5, designing an ecologically-friendly facility and earning the prestigious USGBC LEED® Platinum certification was one of the top concerns. Company president Jeff Bulla, AIA, LEED AP - looked no further than Texas-based GLASS RECYCLED to help achieve that goal.

When Pro Forma Architecture began planning the new City of Allen (Texas) Fire Station No. 5, designing an ecologically-friendly facility and earning the prestigious USGBC LEED® Platinum certification was one of the top concerns. Company president Jeff Bulla, AIA, LEED AP - looked no further than Texas-based GLASS RECYCLED to help achieve that goal.

GLASS RECYCLED – a manufacturer of hard-surface kitchen countertops, bathrooms and flooring made from reclaimed glass – is now being featured throughout the City of Allen (Texas) Fire Station No. 5 – and making a big impact on the facility’s LEED® Platinum Certification. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) - consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED® is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

The company’s GlassSLAB product is being used throughout the fire station including on countertops, public restrooms, locker rooms, and display cases – and getting a fabulous reception from fire fighters, city leaders and visitors alike.

“Since discovering GLASS RECYCLED, we have specified it in a number of projects as well as my own personal home,” stated Bulla. “I like the fact we are reducing the ‘carbon footprint’ of our projects – or the lasting impression we are making on the earth’s eco-systems – but also just love the many product attributes.”

According to Bulla, [GLASS RECYCLED is truly unique. Unlike Corian or marble, recycled glass counterops are easy to customize it to any color palette our designers are trying to achieve. We can custom-specify the recycled glass chip colors in any combination of color and sizes, then have it created with an epoxy to match any paint color. The final choices are limitless. The product is also extremely hard, heat resistant and just sparkles. Our installers tell us it is easy to work with to cut and finish off for any application, and requires virtually no maintenance.”

GLASS RECYCLED creates kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, walls and flooring for commercial and residential use through the company’s patented process of using crushed recycled glass, porcelain and mirror products. To make choosing even easier, the company recently unveiled their new Designer Showcase where custom samples can be created and shipped – leaving any guesswork out of the product being specified. They also have a new online GlassStore – a state-of-the-art web-based portal that makes ordering the company’s various eco-friendly products a breeze.

In addition to beauty and durability, GLASS RECYCLED applications provide additional USGBC LEED® points to every project., since the average GLASS RECYCLED kitchen countertop ‘upcycles’ 750 discarded glass bottles and jars. This stress-relief on landfills is just another great reason to use this stunning material in any residential or commercial design project.

To begin experiencing the benefits of the new GLASS RECYCLED Designer Showcase, visit glassrecycled.com or call 888.523.7894.

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