Sustainable Construction requires an understanding of the entire building process. LEED evaluations are a great place to start. LEED certification, supported by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is concerned with energy savings and waste on the construction site itself.
But concentration exclusively in these areas does not guarantee the ‘green’ factor of the products used for the construction project. LEED also does not include follow-through. There is no evaluation process that guarantees continued energy-savings and health performance for a home-owner. Other crucial elements of green living and sustainability remain nebulous, like whether a home can breathe properly and limit the circulation of VOCs.
Our focus on Green Building involves attention to all aspects of living wisely, healthfully, and in harmony with the world around us. The best Green Building practices include monitoring carbon footprint by using local products as much as possible, concentrating on sustainable materials, avoiding dangerous and unnecessary chemicals, and planning smartly for the changing use of spaces. We pay attention to value, as well! Green building is beautiful, supports smart business, keeps our kids healthier, and saves money. For more on living this well, please visit our resource links!
By the Numbers
By the Numbers
- Numbers Hub
- Carbon Footprint
- Local Products: energy-efficient, green practices
- Materials Info
- Vortex piping
- For more on the latest in new projects and materials, see Make It Right NOLA - a revolution in Green Building in New Orleans’ 9th Ward, Greener Stock - for green building materials in Cincinnati.
- Federal Energy Management Program