Green Building

Why Build or Develop Green?

Green development involves the appropriate use of land, the efficient use of natural resources, the conservation and restoration of natural habitat, and the economic and social improvement of local communities.  Green development will have improved financial performance—from lower operating costs and increased consumer demand—consume fewer resources, and be healthier to occupy.  Projects that require discretionary agency approval—e.g., conditional use permit, PUD, etc.—will be able to lessen their impacts, thus reducing mitigation costs.

Green Building Background Information

 

The description below is from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a national, member-driven coalition that represents the entire building industry on environmental building matters.

“ Breakthroughs in building science, technology, products and operations are now available to designers, builders and owners who want to build green and maximize both economic and environmental performance. …

 

Why Design Green?

The building sector has a tremendous impact on the environment. In 2002, there were more than 76 million residential buildings and nearly five million commercial buildings in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), buildings in the United States consume more than 30% of our total energy and 60% of our electricity annually. Five billion gallons of potable water are used to flush toilets daily. A typical North American commercial construction project generates up to 2.5 pounds of solid waste per square foot of floor space. Real estate development appropriates land from other uses such as natural habitats and agriculture.

 

Buildings are a major source of the pollutants that cause urban air quality problems and contribute to climate change. According to the DOE, buildings account for 49% of sulfur dioxide emissions, 25% of nitrous oxide emissions, and 10% of particulate emissions – all of which damage urban air quality. Buildings produce 35% of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions. These are just a few examples of the environmental impacts associated with the construction and operation of buildings.

 

By the year 2010, another 38 million buildings are expected to be built. Green building practices can substantially reduce the negative environmental impacts associated with these buildings and reverse the trend of unsustainable construction activities. But that is only part of the story. Green design also reduces operating costs, enhances building marketability, potentially increases occupant productivity, and helps create a sustainable community. …

 

Studies of workers in green buildings reported productivity gains of up to 16%, including reductions in absenteeism and improved work quality, based on “people-friendly” green design. …

 

Resource-efficient buildings have less impact on local infrastructure. Green design has environmental, economic, and social elements that benefit all stakeholders, including owners, occupants and the general public. ”

 – USGBC LEED Reference Guide

 

USGBC – U.S. Green Building Council. The USGBC is leading a national consensus for producing a new generation of buildings that deliver high performance inside and out. Council members work together to develop industry standards, design practices and guidelines, policy positions and educational tools that support the adoption of sustainable design and building practices. The USGBC developed the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Rating System for designing, constructing and certifying sustainable buildings. LEED emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water consumption, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Traditional

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Green

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Financial bottom line alone ignores impacts vital for successful projects

Triple bottom line evaluates success on financial, environmental and community benefits

Developing Green, LLC

PO Box 1090

Hailey, ID 83333

Martin A. Flannes

208.788.1315

208.788.1316

martin@devgreen.com