The Growing Presence of GREEN Building
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In recent years, consideration for the environmental impact a building has on its surroundings and occupants, both initially and over the life cycle of the building has brought about a growing trend toward “building green” and sustainable construction.
What Is It?
Simply put, it is a combination of design and construction practices that notably reduce, and in some cases eliminate, certain perceived negative impacts a building may have on the environment and occupants. You may have heard it referred to as Sustainable Design.
For a building to meet the parameters of sustainable design, its plan and construction must include built-in design features and materials that enhance
Energy efficiency and renewable energy
Safeguard water and water efficiency
Conservation of materials and resources
Indoor environmental quality
The stated goal for such “GREEN” buildings and sustainable construction is a high-performance building that does more than ‘house’ a business, it actually improves the local and global community.
There are several organizations dedicated to the ongoing development of this growing segment of the building industry. Three of the primary national organizations/programs are:
CRRC (Cool Roof Rating Council)
Energy Star® (US Environmental Protection Agency)
LEED™ (US Green Building Council)
VP Buildings is an active participant in the CRRC and the USGBC, has an ever-growing number of quality, Energy Star® certified products, and can contribute greatly toward your next project’s sustainable design and LEED certification.
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