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USGBC: What LEED Measures

USGBC: What LEED Measures | Green vs. Traditional | Scoop.it

LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in key areas

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LEEDing to Better Buildings

"Because buildings last for 50-100 years or longer, it often is assumed that cutting carbon emissions in that sector is a long-term process, but that is not the case. An energy retrofit of an older, inefficient structure can cut energy use by 20-50%. The next step, shifting entirely to carbon-free electricity--either generated on-site or purchased--to heat cool, and light the building completes the job." (USA Today (Farmingdale)) This article discusses LEED building designs, and how sustainable development is taking over new building construction.

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Roanoke home builders embrace green concept: Sustainable Building Concepts will put its first eco-friendly house on the market soon.

Roanoke home builders embrace green concept: Sustainable Building Concepts will put its first eco-friendly house on the market soon. | Green vs. Traditional | Scoop.it

Roanoke home builders embrace green concept: Sustainable Building Concepts will put its first eco-friendly house on the market soon.

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Building information modeling for sustainable design and LEED® rating analysis.

Building information modeling for sustainable design and LEED® rating analysis. | Green vs. Traditional | Scoop.it

Abstract: Today, there is a high level of demand for sustainable buildings. The most important decisions regarding a building''s sustainable features are made during the design and preconstruction stages. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) is the most widely adopted sustainable building rating system in the United States. For projects pursuing LEED® certification, designers have to conduct in-depth sustainability analyses based on a building''s form, materials, context, and mechanical–electrical–plumbing (MEP) systems. Since Building Information Modeling (BIM) allows for multi-disciplinary information to be superimposed within one model, it creates an opportunity to conduct these analyses accurately and efficiently as compared to the traditional methods. In this exploratory research, a case study was conducted on Salisbury University''s Perdue School of Business building to demonstrate the use of BIM for sustainable design and the LEED® certification process. First, a conceptual framework was developed to establish the relationship between BIM-based sustainability analyses and the LEED® certification process. Next, the framework was validated via this case study. The results of this study indicate that documentation supporting LEED® credits may be directly or indirectly prepared using the results of BIM-based sustainability analyses software. This process could streamline the LEED® certification process and save substantial time and resources which would otherwise be required using traditional methods. [Copyright &y& Elsevier]

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The Past, Present, and Future of Green Building

"This article provides an overview of green building by beginning with the basic definition and design aspects, leading into the founding of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which developed the subsequent Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards that have advanced over time and helped shape and expand green building throughout the country....The USGBCs greatest contribution thus far to the advancement of green building has been the development of LEED, a third-party certification program certifying that one has designed, constructed, or owns a sustainable building. The LEED certification program currently includes a four-level rating system (Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum) that incorporates design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings." (Natural Resources & Environment) In this article details the past, present and future of green architecture, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and energy efficient building design.

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California Green

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The article features the sustainable golden state-style home in Sarasota, Florida. The house is slightly Polynesian in influence given its design and construction. Architect Barron Schimberg of Schimberg Group painted the base of the house a color that blends into the landscape. In fact, the house is a poster child for green residential architecture after receiving the Florida Green Home Standard Certification issued by the Florida Green Building Coalition.

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Interior Doors: Green vs. Traditional

Interior Doors: Green vs. Traditional | Green vs. Traditional | Scoop.it
A green door’s function and appearance are the same, but the LCA and some components differ...
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Building green is paying dividends

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SUSTAINABLE commercial buildings will generate stronger investment returns than those not so green, CB Richard Ellis research has found. The US ongoing study, done with San Diego University and McGraw-Hill Construction, found that owners of green buildings expected the return on their investment to be 4 per cent higher than owners of ''traditional'' buildings did and also expected the building to increase in value by an extra 5 per cent. And 79 per cent of owners surveyed believed green buildings experienced a 5 per cent increase in building occupancy and a 1 per cent increase in rental income. Ninety-four per cent of tenant managers of green space registered higher employee satisfaction, 83 per cent of tenants believed their green space provided a healthier working environment and 10 per cent of green tenants had seen increased productivity. To be considered green by the study, buildings had to have LEED certification or bear the EPA Energy Star label. CB Richard Ellis has been recognised in the US for its green credentials. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]

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Energy & Green Building Week, May 7-13 - ForConstructionPros.com

Energy & Green Building Week, May 7-13 - ForConstructionPros.com | Green vs. Traditional | Scoop.it
Energy & Green Building Week, May 7-13ForConstructionPros.comEnergy & Green Building Week of the 2012 Building Safety Month campaign kicks off today with a focus on the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the first model green code for...
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