BEAM Construction Associates, Inc. hires, promotes, and makes work assignments on the basis of employee qualifications without regard to race, sex, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or physical abilities. However, certain positions require physical capabilities that must be met by the applicant/employee. Discriminatory behavior by anyone at BEAM is not tolerated.
Why BEAM is an employee owned corporation (EOC):
Employee Ownership - Intrigued and inspired by the success of another employee-owned construction company, Bob, Tim & John began to explore the concept in the late 1990's. They recognized a significant difference in the working environment and the finished product when they were working alongside others who were directly invested in the outcome. It made sense that offering ownership potential would bring out the best that like-minded employees had to offer. They foresaw that the company would be a more exciting place to work for all, would offer our clients the benefit of additional vested minds and bodies, and ultimately was more likely to prosper and endure.
It took several years of discussion and education, while juggling the day-to-day business of the company, to put in place a new ownership structure ... in the end the idea was pushed to reality by two employees who wanted a piece of the action, and had proven the skills and ambition requisite for the responsibility. We believe BEAM is stronger in every way as a result of this change, and it is anticipated that the model, in time, will be expanded to include additional owners.
What are we talking about?
Energy and Resource Efficiency - What do we mean by this? Here we get into the philosophy and values that BEAM brings to the table ... we believe we are ethically obligated to take the long view in the work of our company. Looking ahead into the not-so-distant future, we see a world with a vastly different energy economy, where demand will be significantly greater for all of the resources needed to build and maintain our homes. We do not see that the prevailing norms are sustainable; i.e. compatible with the constraints placed upon us by the biosystems that sustain us.
Fundamentally, we do not believe that the status quo in building design and construction is sustainable.
Given these projections, we see great opportunities to redefine many of the criteria we use to measure the success of our designs and construction. Clearly our houses must fulfill the basic requirements of shelter, as well as be enduring, healthy, attractive, and in some manner, feed our souls - all things that have been used to judge the quality of our homes for generations. Beyond this, though, we need buildings in which the energy loads are minimized, the energy required to power them is harvested on-site to the greatest extent possible, and the materials used to construct them are chosen with an eye to reducing the "embodied energy"** of the structure. When we do all of these things, we will have a building that fits our definition of "sustainable". Does this mean our work will have no impact on the greater world? Clearly, this is not possible. But this impact should not diminish the ability of our children to meet their own needs at some future time.
Practically, this implies buildings that are:
- reduced in size;
- built with durable materials that minimize embodied energy;
- designed to minimize energy inputs; thereby making it more feasible to energize them with on-site resources;
- sited and designed to harvest available on-site renewable energy;
- constructed of low-toxicity materials;
- designed to maintain healthy indoor air quality;
- designed/constructed to achieve a HERS Index*** as close to zero as possible.
- renovated with an eye to retaining and respecting the history and "story" of the building; while reusing and recycling the buildings materials to the extent feasible.
- Proportional and handsome.
**Embodied Energy is a measure of the total energy required: to extract and refine the raw material(s); transport the raw materials; manufacture the finished material or product; transport it to the building site; incorporate that material or item into the building; maintain it through its useful life cycle; reuse, recycle or dispose of the material/item when no longer useful. When the aggregate required energy is totaled, and divided by its useful life span, we have a useful way to compare the "sustainability" of different materials.
***HERS Index is a home energy rating system used to compare the energy use in residences . A rating of 100 is a baseline for the energy used by a house built to meet the 2006 International Energy Code. For each 1% reduction in energy use, the rating goes down by 1 point. A house that requires no net energy input would have a HERS Index of 0. The Federal government's Energy Star program qualifies a home if it has a HERS rating of 85 or lower; so 15% lower energy use than the baseline code-compliant residence. BEAM has been building Energy Star homes since the inception of that program, with HERS ratings typically in the 25 - 50 range. In 2009 we began construction of our first effort to achieve a "net-zero" home, and by rigorously monitoring that house over the course of three years, results confirm that it requires no net energy input for heating. Our goal is to achieve this standard in every home we build / renovate in the future.
BEAM Construction Associates, Inc. P.O. Box 101, North Sandwich, NH 03259