Inc, a major player on the North American residential architecture market,
is pleased to announce the launch of its new "Option Green" initiative.
Drummond Designs currently uses more than 1.3 million square feet of paper
to produce more than 6,000 plans. It is hoping to gradually reduce its paper
consumption by providing a growing number of its customers with the option of
receiving an electronic (PDF) version of the plan they order.
Based on a projected minimum 5% increase in its sales over the next several
years, Drummond Designs would be using a cumulative 98 metric tonnes of paper
by 2020. The company has thus set an objective to trim its use of paper by 10%,
which would result in a 9-tonne reduction over this span. Correspondingly, the
"Option Green" initiative should result in 500 fewer courier deliveries
of plans, thereby helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
There are a number of advantages to opting for an electronic version of a Drummond
Designs' plan. Clients, entrepreneurs and municipalities will collectively be
helping accelerate the approval process and the obtaining of permits while being
assured of copyright protection, since the plan will be coming directly from
Drummond Designs. This method will also speed up the redistribution of plans
to the various construction-trade services. The reduction of paper plans will,
additionally, be a major plus for municipalities from an archives-space standpoint.
This addresses a need that has been expressed by a growing number of municipalities.
"Improving the quality of our environment rests on our ability to collectively
think of new ways to do things better," stated Drummond Designs CEO Yves
Carignan. "The solution to the challenges with which we are confronted
usually emanates from concepts that are easily applied and deliver a wide array