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Sustainable Food Service

We look at the customers’ needs and help educate them along the way

—Christy Hodnefield, ASID, IIDA, LEED Green Associate, Director of Design

Rapids Design Team is working daily to find energy-efficient, cost-effective design solutions to share with business owners.

The contract team at Rapids uses energy-saving strategies to help customers become certified in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program, otherwise known as LEED, a U.S. Green Building Council initiative. Businesses with LEED certified designs can save on expenses, build environmental awareness, and qualify for tax credits.

Christy Hodnefield, a certified contract interior designer at Rapids, is familiar with LEED and energy-efficient equipment. According to Hodnefield, it’s crucial to pit low up-front cost against potential energy-savings, especially when it comes to large items like refrigerators and ovens. Choices that seem inexpensive may end up costing extra money on energy bills in the long run, said Hodnefield. Rapids design specialists are available to help customers find the most cost-effective choice when it comes to decisions like this.

 

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LEED Design in Commercial Kitchens

LEED Accredited Professional Interior Design and Construction expert Suzanne Painter-Supplee walks us through advances and new technologies at the front of LEED Design in foodservice operations.