What is Green Building?

What is Green Building?

Reducing Impact on the Environment and Human Health

Simply put, the green building movement strives to reduce the impact of buildings on the environment and human health. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "green, or sustainable, building is the practice of creating and using healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition."

Green building includes strategies for new and existing buildings, commercial and residential buildings, and for neighborhood development. It includes the energy efficiency of the building shell and of the heating and cooling system. Other strategies focus on appropriate material choices (i.e., recycled content and regional materials), sustainable building sites, water management, efficient lighting systems, and native landscapes. Indoor environmental quality and building occupant lifestyle are also key elements. Green building strategies extend into the operation and maintenance of buildings, manufacturing processes, demolition, renovations, and the use of alternative or "green" power, like solar and wind.

Many local and state governments have adopted policies and regulations requiring new and existing building projects to adhere to green building standards and/or energy conservation and green construction building codes.

The following organizations provide further information and resources on green building:

The following local organizations are working on sustainability issues, environmental concerns, and green building for the region:

Download the Sustainability, Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Resources list for additional resournces.

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