leed green building program Articles

  • LEED-ing Your Stormwater Down the Green Path

    6813The U.S. Green Building Council has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, otherwise known as LEED. This program is a national standard for #28;green building#29; design and was developed with the intention of improving occupant well-being, environmental performance and economic returns. This is accomplished by using innovative design practices and technologies. In order ...


    By BaySaver Technologies, Inc.

  • Green Buildings: Economics and Policies

    Introduction Green building has received increased attention over the past decade from both environmental economists and policymakers. While there is no single definition of “green buildings” or its related policy, researchers and organizations tend to emphasize resource efficiency in building and reducing the impacts of buildings on human health and the environment. ...


    By Oxford Journals

  • How a LEED Platinum Building is Cleaning up Inland Empire Urban Runoff

    ABSTRACTIn 2002, the Inland Empire Utility Agency (IEUA) – a municipal water agency in western San Bernardino County - designed and constructed its new Headquarters with the goal of attaining the first 2.0 platinum level “LEED” - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - rating established by the U. S. Green Building Council.” IEUA has implemented a BMP project that truly showcases the ...

  • Stocking Your Green Building Toolkit

    1. Introduction Designing, constructing and operating environmentally friendly buildings can be a lot more complex than it seems, especially when it comes to materials selection. We would all like simple measures or rules of thumb that would make the selection process easy, but they are hard to come by, if they exist at all. The reality is that we are constantly forced into a balancing act, ...

  • Case study - net zero energy & LEED

    Anna Maria Historic Green Village (HGV) is a unique, sustainable commercial development in Anna Maria, Florida.  The village is comprised of five buildings.  Four of the five are renovated historic buildings and one is new construction.  The campus is a mix of retail spaces, office and residential units.  One of the HGV developer’s goals is for the entire campus to ...


    By Powerhouse Dynamics

  • Green existing buildings is easier (and cheaper) than you think

    Commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential buildings are the most significant users of energy in the United States. Almost 70% of all generated electricity and about 12% of available potable water goes to support use and occupancy of buildings. Buildings play a major role in the quality of life for the 307 million people who go in and out of them every day and have a significant ...

  • Corporate Sustainability Programs

    In today’s business world, sustainability is becoming an integral part of company operations. Here’s how a few manufacturers are making sustainability part of their business model, and how standards play a role. Understanding sustainability and what it means to be a sustainable business continues to evolve as more companies issue sustainability reports, sign on for carbon ...


    By ASTM International

  • Greening the Built Environment

    ASTM Standards and Products Form the Foundation of Sustainable Construction Efforts Today, a major focal point for the worldwide building industry is the growing demand for sustainable construction. Sustainable, or “green,” construction is focused on the more effective use of resources and ultimately the creation of healthier, energy efficient, more environmentally ...


    By ASTM International

  • Best soil management practices for Washington building sites

    The Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC), which started the Soils for Salmon project in 1999, launched a new website, and a “Building Soil” outreach campaign to change standard building practices. The mission is to help builders and developers preserve and restore native soil on building sites, using compost. These soil “best management practices” (BMPs) will soon be required by local ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Transfer stations: finding the right shade of green for your transfer station

    The goal of sustainable design in the built environment is to move the bar higher. A good definition of sustainability is the act of balancing the environmental, social and economic needs of the built and natural environments for present and future generations (Brundtland Commission, 1987). These principles can be applied to every type of project, including the design of transfer stations and ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • 9 Purely Business Reasons to “Green” Your Company

    Becoming more “green” is a recognized business issue. Savvy companies who have comprehensively addressed the issue have taken advantage of core business value opportunities. This article presents 9 purely business reasons why a robust “green” program will benefit a company’s bottom line with real life ...


  • How “Green” is a Product? Growing Market for Environmentally Friendly Products Creates Interest in EPDs and PCRs

    There was a time when environmentalism was a fringe issue, confined to a few countries and a limited spectrum of society. However, growing awareness of the consequences of poor environmental practices, as well as positive examples of the benefits of better environmental practices, has helped reshape the public’s views. Now, in varying degrees, environmental awareness and concern are ...


    By ASTM International

  • How the Indianapolis Airport Authority is going green while saving money - Case Study

    The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) is actively supporting environmental sustainability efforts as a member of the global aviation community.  The IAA is “committed to engaging in environmentally responsible, sustainable operations, and minimizing any adverse environmental impacts.” This progressive group has identified three main ...


    By Harmony Enterprises, Inc.

  • Energy, IAQ, and the Environment

    Rely on Dynamic Air Quality Solutions to help make your building energy efficient and environmentally responsible. Dynamic can help you reduce risk and make the most of your investment by creating and sustaining high performance buildings. Indoor Air Quality Temperature, humidity, cleanliness, odors and noise are all aspects of Indoor Air Quality that impact ...

  • World’s busiest airport opens new terminal - Case Study

    Four years in the making and twice the size as originally planned, the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, opened its new terminal on May 16, 2012. The new terminal, titled Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International, is dedicated for international travelers and is expected to reduce the demand on existing airport ...


    By Harmony Enterprises, Inc.

  • Indianapolis Airport – Food court & concourse - Case Study

    The Indianapolis Airport serves more than 8 million business and leisure travelers each year and averages 143 daily flights, seasonally and year-round, to 43 nonstop destinations. IND is the first airport in the U.S. to win LEED® certification for an entire terminal campus. LEED is a green-building award for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Waste Handling Equipment ...


    By Harmony Enterprises, Inc.

  • Compost in the mix for storm water management

    Bioretention areas, also known as rain gardens, are increasingly being used to capture and treat storm water runoff from impervious surfaces such as roofs, sidewalks and parking lots. These landscaped areas often feature native plants installed in an engineered soil mixture that includes compost. “Bioretention areas or rain gardens are an attractive storm water Best Management Practice (BMP) ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Underground Water Tanks: Understanding the installation process is the first step in safety inspections

    Underground storage tanks are increasingly becoming essential components of building projects, driven by rising interest in on-site rainwater and graywater collection and reuse. As a result, building officials may need to expand their expertise to include these products and their components. Some safety inspection work is obvious; for instance, checking that the installer or project owner ...


    By Xerxes Corporation

  • Top ten long term trends of cleantech in the United States

    In the last decade, the United States have been continuing to decrease its dependence on fossil fuels by investing into clean technologies, including renewable energy and energy efficiency. Because of such, the United States has been able to make the country a lot healthier, decreasing fossil fuel usage, and making the environment better and healthier. The United States Military Becoming ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Environmentally Friendly Meetings Move to Center Stage

    ASTM “Green Meeting” Standards Help Save Energy and Reduce Pollution Thanks to work by ASTM International Subcommittee E60.02 on Hospitality, a set of ASTM standards now helps define best practices for ensuring that meetings and events are greener and more sustainable. Meetings and events are a big business, representing billions of dollars in economic activity for economies ...


    By ASTM International

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