green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to both a structure and the application of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.
sustainable design is about building the future, not just a structure. sustainability is as much about process as it is about product. seeing sustainable design as a process empowers “green” designers to better evaluate and anticipate the environmental, economical and social impacts and costs of building products.
in the united states, the gold standard of green building certification is leed, or leadership in energy and environmental design. leed certification verifies that building projects were designed
a sustainability team can both raise awareness and accomplish more, said kris osterwood, technical and policy director for the green building alliance. projects for the team could include starting
a little over a dozen years ago, the us green building council (usgbc) established leed in response to a perceived need that specific and determined standards and third-party verification be
long-term sustainable growth is important to building a successful company. in the final installment of her four-part series "growing a green corporation: meeting the next great disruptive challenge of the 21st century," brandi mcmanus provides a blueprint for building a green team.
whether designing a new building or retrofitting an existing building, site design must integrate with sustainable design to achieve a successful project. the site of a sustainable building should reduce, control, and/or treat storm-water runoff. if possible, strive to support native flora and fauna of the region in the landscape design.
sustainable design or building "green" is an opportunity to use our resources efficiently while creating healthier buildings. it provides cost savings to all californians through improved human health and productivity, lower cost building operations, and resource efficiency--and it moves us closer to a sustainable future.
touring the ultimate 'green' house. at 8,000 feet, near aspen, colo., a nonprofit called the rocky mountain institute is demonstrating just how efficient residential living can be.