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The following materials help identify LEED building opportunities and some definition terms to help builders and architects with green building projects. Information sources are identified below the text.
Benefits of Green Building
Environmental benefits:
    * Enhance and protect ecosystems and biodiversity
    * Improve air and water quality
    * Reduce solid waste
    * Conserve natural resources
Economic benefits:
    * Reduce operating costs
    * Enhance asset value and profits
    * Improve employee productivity and satisfaction
    * Optimize life-cycle economic performance
Health and community benefits:
    * Improve air, thermal, and acoustic environments
    * Enhance occupant comfort and health
    * Minimize strain on local infrastructure
    * Contribute to overall quality of life
LEED Green Building
LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that measures how well a building or community performs across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential. It works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant fitout, and significant retrofit. And LEED for Neighborhood Development extends the benefits of LEED beyond the building footprint into the neighborhood it serves.
                    Source:     U.S. Green Building Council
LEED is a voluntary certification program that can be applied to any building type and any building lifecycle phase. It promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in key areas:
Sustainable Sites
Choosing a building's site and managing that site during construction are important considerations for a project’s sustainability. The Sustainable Sites category discourages development on previously undeveloped land; minimizes a building's impact on ecosystems and waterways; encourages regionally appropriate landscaping; rewards smart transportation choices; controls stormwater runoff; and reduces erosion, light pollution, heat island effect and construction-related pollution.
Water Efficiency
Buildings are major users of our potable class="maintext" water supply. The goal of the Water Efficiency credit category is to encourage smarter use of water, inside and out. Water reduction is typically achieved through more efficient appliances, fixtures and fittings inside and water-wise landscaping outside.
Energy & Atmosphere
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings use 39% of the energy and 74% of the electricity produced each year in the United States. The Energy & Atmosphere category encourages a wide variety of energy strategies: commissioning; energy use monitoring; efficient design and construction; efficient appliances, systems and lighting; the use of renewable and clean sources of energy, generated on-site or off-site; and other innovative strategies.
Materials & Resources
During both the construction and operations phases, buildings generate a lot of waste and use a lot of materials and resources. This credit category encourages the selection of sustainably grown, harvested, produced and transported products and materials. It promotes the reduction of waste as well as reuse and recycling, and it takes into account the reduction of waste at a product’s source.
Indoor Environmental Quality
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans spend about 90% of their day indoors, where the air quality can be significantly worse than outside. The Indoor Environmental Quality credit category promotes strategies that can improve indoor air as well as providing access to natural daylight and views and improving acoustics.
Locations & Linkages
The LEED for Homes rating system recognizes that much of a home's impact on the environment comes from where it is located and how it fits into its community. The Locations & Linkages credits encourage homes being built away from environmentally sensitive places and instead being built in infill, previously developed and other preferable sites. It rewards homes that are built near already-existing infrastructure, community resources and transit, and it encourages access to open space for walking, physical activity and time spent outdoors.
Awareness & Education
The LEED for Homes rating system acknowledges that a green home is only truly green if the people who live in it use the green features to maximum effect. The Awareness & Education credits encourage home builders and real estate professionals to provide homeowners, tenants and building managers with the education and tools they need to understand what makes their home green and how to make the most of those features.
Innovation in Design
The Innovation in Design credit category provides bonus points for projects that use new and innovative technologies and strategies to improve a building’s performance well beyond what is required by other LEED credits or in green building considerations that are not specifically addressed elsewhere in LEED. This credit category also rewards projects for including a LEED Accredited Professional on the team to ensure a holistic, integrated approach to the design and construction phase.
Regional Priority
USGBC’s regional councils, chapters and affiliates have identified the environmental concerns that are locally most important for every region of the country, and six LEED credits that address those local priorities were selected for each region. A project that earns a regional priority credit will earn one bonus point in addition to any points awarded for that credit. Up to four extra points can be earned in this way. See the Regional Priority Credits for your state »
                    Source:     U.S. Green Building Council
How to Achieve Certification
LEED points are awarded on a 100-point scale, and credits are weighted to reflect their potential environmental impacts. Additionally, 10 bonus credits are available, four of which address regionally specific environmental issues. A project must satisfy all prerequisites and earn a minimum number of points to be certified.
The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) assumes administration of LEED certification for all commercial and institutional projects registered under any LEED Rating System. Learn more about the project certification process »
Think of it like the nutrition label on a box of crackers: LEED provides the same kind of important detail about the green aspects of a building that, taken together, deliver higher performance.
                    Source:     U.S. Green Building Council
Codes & Standards -
American Concrete Institute
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
Building Codes Assistance Project
Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development - codes compilation
International Code Council
International Organization for Standardization
U.S. DOE BTS - Codes and Standards program
U.S. DOE EERE - Building Energy Code Resources
Government Initiatives & Guidelines
Federal Energy Management Program - Greening Initiatives/Tools
Federal Greening Toolkit
Field Guide to Sustainable Construction
Greening Federal Facilities
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
OECD Project on Sustainable Buildings
U.S. Air Force Environmentally Responsible Facilities Guide
U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
U.S. DOE and U.S. EPA -- Energy Star program
U.S. DOE Building Technologies Program
U.S. DOE High Performance Commercial Buildings: A Technology Roadmap
U.S. EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)
U.S. GSA Sustainable Design and LEED
U.S. GSA - Great Lakes Region - Build Green
U.S. National Park Service - Guiding Principles of Sustainable Design
U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command - design policy
Whole Building Design Guide
Life Cycle Analysis & Costing
ATHENA Sustainable Materials Institute
BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability) [NIST] - Life Cycle Assessment
California Life Cycle Cost Assessment Model
ENVEST (environmental impact estimating design software) [UK BRE]
LCA Center
Life Cycle Analysis of Wood Products
LISA (LCA in Sustainable Architecture)
Materials, Guides & Certification
Advanced Buildings
Advanced Buildings Core Performance Guide
American Concrete Institute
ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guides
ASHRAE GreenGuide
Building Materials Resource Center
Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES 2.0)
CIWMB Recycled Content Product Database
Concrete Network
Construction Materials Recycling Association
Environmental Design + Construction magazine
Environmental Resource Guide- American Institute of Architects
Forest World - Sustainable Forest Products Resource
Good to be Green
Green Building Databases & Design Resources
Green Building Materials: A Guide to Product Selection and Specification, Second Edition
Green Building Products Initiative
Green Guide for Health Care
Green Home Guide
Green Sage
GreenSpec, from Environmental Building News
Minnesota Green Affordable Housing Guide
NY Wa$teMatch Materials Exchange: Building Materials Reuse Calculator
oikos - Green Building Source
Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing
SpaceMedGuide - A Space Planning Guide for Healthcare Facilities
Sustainable Design Resource Guide
Sustainable Products Corporation
U.S. EPA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Whole Building Design Guide
                    Source:     U.S. Green Building Council
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