How to Think About Building Green
What is Green Building? What are the LEED standards?
The LEED standards are the most widely used and respected green building standards in the US.
- How will you know that the building or renovation you are planning is truly green?
- How will you know what kinds of green design strategies and technologies are available to you?
- How will you identify and prioritize those green aspects most appropriate to your situation?
One helpful way to answer such questions as you plan your project is to consult the LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), an independent, not-for-profit organization whose members are architects, engineers and others committed to green building. These standards have become the most widely used standards to measure specifically how green a building actually is.
USGBC describes LEED in the following way:
"As the green building sector grows exponentially, more and more building professionals, owners and operators are seeing the benefits of green building and LEED certification. Green Building not only makes a positive impact on public health and the environment, it also reduces operating costs, enhances building and organizational marketability, potentially increases occupant productivity, and helps create a sustainable community. LEED fits into this market by providing rating systems that are voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven, based on accepted energy and environmental principles, and they strike a balance between established practices and emerging concepts."