Based in Chattanooga, TN, NGI Sports is a pioneer in green technology supplying the tennis court market with eco-friendly surfaces for park, school, municipal, club commercial and residential use.
Demand has grown rapidly for building materials which fulfill the requirements of the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The benchmark certification program for green building projects and buildings that carry the LEED seal of approval are a statement of environmentally conscious practices.
In addition, studies show that energy-efficient LEED buildings cost less to operate, have higher occupancy rates, enhance occupant health and well being and increase investment returns compared to their non-LEED counterparts.
Architects and designers can utilize tennis court surfaces from NGI Sports on projects as the Nova'ProTennis surfaces are backed with a soy based polyurethane backing. In many cases the materials also utilize recycled components.
The tennis systems may be utilized on municipal, commercial, school and residential projects in obtaining up to 18 points toward LEED certification. Falling under categories of Water Efficient Landscaping, Recycled Content and Innovation in Design, tennis court surfaces supplied by NGI Sports incorporate several green features.
Both the surface content and its utilization for water conservation may qualify an installation for LEED points on new and existing construction projects. Recent rulings from the United States Department of Agriculture qualify high-performance NGI Sports tennis court surfaces utilizing soy based polyurethane for Federal purchasing preference as a designated biobased item under the USDA's BioPreferred program.
An important item to note when considering building an indoor tennis facility as according to the USGBC, LEED certified buildings represent just 1% of the total U.S. commercial building stock. The current demand for green buildings is outstripping the available supply. As environmentally responsible buildings become more and more important, not only to the environment but to the long-term value of commercial property, LEED certification will become more widespread and the complex vocabulary of codes and credits associated with LEED will work its way into the general contracting lexicon.
For further information about NGI Sports tennis products please visit ngisports.com and for additional LEED info visit usgbc.org/LEED