Why go green?
We have found that there are three key driving forces in going green.
Regulations, ordinances or other requirement
Funding source or investor requirement
Corporate Culture of Owner, Developer, Design or Construction Team
Desire for reduces operating costs and reduced resource consumption
What green building program do we use?
There are global, national, state, and local green building programs. The green building program that you select depends on your specific project goals you are pursuing, government regulations or funding source requirements.
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Green certification programs exist to certify local governments, land developments, high rise residential buildings, commercial building, multi-family buildings and single family residences.
How are the green building programs the same and how are they different?
As a general rule all of the building programs address key categories such as energy efficiency, water efficiency, sustainable sites, indoor environmental quality, materials and resources. Each program requires achieving a minimum number of points in various categories to achieve certification. Each program is verified by a third party, is governed by committees and boards of directors. The programs vary in how credit are presented, some are prescriptive and some are performance based, certification point totals, membership and certification fees. Local and regional programs are also designed to address climate specifics and regional variations.
What is LEED®?
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ are the green building standards created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that are administered by the Green Building Certification Institutes (GBCI). The LEED programs have excellent brand recognition.
What programs are equivalent to LEED?
Studies conducted by the GSA, Army Corp and State and local governments vary in complexity and conclusions. LEED is a 110 point based system, while FGBC uses 400 plus or minus depending on standard, Green Globes uses 1000, and NGBS uses 1500 plus or minus depending on project specifics. In a recent comparison where each credit in each standard was compared back to both LEED 2009 and LEED v4 which resulted in USGBC LEED and FGBC being equivalent while Green Globes was slightly more stringent and NGBS was significantly less stringent.
What is Green Building?
The phrase green building is used as both a noun and a verb. As a noun, green building represents a physical structure that exists as a result of environmentally friendly design and the construction process. As a verb, green building seeks to increase the efficiency of energy, water and materials use in buildings (both residential and commercial) and to reduce their environmental and health impacts. Properly applied green standards can improve health, save energy and water, and reduce waste.
What is the difference between green building and green development?
A green building is exactly what it sounds like, a building that has been made "green." This can apply to a residence or a commercial building. A green development consists of an entire project, whether it is a residential community or a commercial development project. A residential development project, for instance, may be developed using "green building" practices that demand fewer non-renewable resources and provide a healthier environment for residents.
What is sustainability?
Sustainability is preserving a certain condition or way of life and can be used in reference to just about anything. However, in the case of building, sustainability is another word used to describe the practice of developing and building with a responsibility to the environment and to the community.
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