We have incorporated the new LEED v4 content in this book. We have also incorporated the latest information from this book. LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is one of the most important trends in development and is revolutionizing the construction industry. It has gained tremendous momentum and has a profound impact on our environment. From this book, you will learn how to: 1.
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As a condition of use, the user covenants not to sue and agrees to waive and release the U. Green Building Council, Inc. Published by: U. Green Building Council. Introduction to Green Buildings and Communities. Sustainable Thinking. Green Building Council and its Programs. Invigorated by your morning ride and eager to start the day, you head into your office. As you pass through a common area, you see a group of coworkers deep in a collaborative work session. Theyre seated around a gorgeous oak table hand-crafted by local artisans and made entirely of wood reclaimed from a tree that fell naturally in a nearby forest.
Imagine getting to your desk and sitting down without flipping a light switchthe huge floor-to-ceiling windows nearby provide plenty of natural springtime light, and if it gets cloudy this afternoon, sensors in your work area will kick on overhead lighting to an appropriate level of brightness. Meanwhile, your personal control of the temperature in your work area allows you to stay warm even as your neighbor, who has a higher cold tolerance, works at a temperature thats comfortable for him.
Imagine being surrounded by decorative elements that invoke nature and keep you connected to the natural world even while youre inside. Imagine an herb garden in the office cafeteria and an educational display in the office lobbyconstant reminders for you and your companys visitors of just what it is that makes your building so special.
Imagine It And imagine leaving the office to find that it has started raining. But not to worry, you just duck around the corner to one of the many bus stops nearby. You mount your bike to the rack on the front of the bus and climb aboard.
You settle into your seat at the end of a full day of work, feeling the positive effects of having spent your day in an environment filled with clean indoor air, with plenty of exposure to natural light. Your mind is clear and your energy and spirits high, knowing that your workday cost substantially less in energy and water use than it would have in a more traditional building.
Green Building Council headquarters in Washington, D. It is what its like for the thousands upon thousands of people worldwide who work in LEED-certified office space. And if you tweak the details, it is what its like for all the students nationwide who study in green schools and live in green dorms, and for the increasing number of families who live in green homes. Now, imagine that designing, building, operating, marketing, supporting, or celebrating green buildings was at the heart of your everyday work.
Imagine being a green building professional. We hope you enjoy the journey, and we look forward to the innovations youll bring as part of the green building community. And whether we notice it or not, our built environment plays a huge role in our natural environment, our economic environment, and our cultural environment. The built environment provides a context for facing and addressing humankinds greatest contemporary challenges.
Green building is fundamentally a process of continual improvement. It is a process by which todays best practices become tomorrows standard practices, a rising foundation for everhigher levels of performance. Green building can help us create more vital communities, more healthful indoor and outdoor spaces, and stronger connections to nature. The green building movement strives to effect a permanent shift in prevailing design, planning, construction, and operations practices, resulting in lower-impact, more sustainable, and ultimately regenerative built environments.
For the purposes of this guide, built environment refers to any environment that is manmade and provides a structure for human activity. These environments range from shelters and individual buildings to neighborhoods and vast metropolitan areas.
This guide explains the reasons we must change traditional building practices. It presents fundamental concepts of green building and provides a summary of the application strategies that will help you be a more effective participant in the green building process. The core concepts of sustainable thinking are explored in Section 2.
Section 3 looks at important components of the sustainable design and operations process. Section 4 reviews the application of green technologies and strategies. Section 5 offers more information on the programs of the U. Additional resources are listed in the Appendix, and educational opportunities to support your growth and success as a green building professional are available from USGBC at usgbc.
Buildings and communities, including the resources used to create them and the energy, water, and materials needed to operate them, have a significant effect on the environment and human health. In the United States, buildings account for:.
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