Building green uses less building material and/or utilizes materials that originate from recycled or renewable raw materials. This means less demand on resources and conservation of resources and environment. Sustainable building is also responsive to its site by providing public green space, reducing potable water usage for landscaping, and/or minimizing its footprint on an undeveloped site.
Public Appeal: Increased Sales or Lease
"Green Buildings" and "Green Design" are very popular topics in today's culture. Buildings or companies able to brand themselves as green have a greater appeal to the general public, potential employees, tenants, and/or investors.
Reduced Operating Costs
The green building movement involves reducing carbon emissions and energy consumption. This is achieved through efficient lighting & mechanical systems, alternative power sources, increased insulation, and smart design.
Tax incentives exist for both the residential and commercial industries on national & local levels. In the City of Cincinnati, there is an incentive that gives a 15-year tax abatement to buildings that are "Going Green". Ask your ArchitectsPlus design professional about ways your project can "Go Green"!
LEED for Homes
LEED for Homes is an outgrowth of the broader LEED certification process, tailored to single family homes and multi-family projects up to eight stories. LEED homes are built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure a comfortable home. Using less energy and water means lower utility bills each month. In many markets, certified green homes are now selling faster and for more money than comparable non-green homes.
LEED for Homes certification involves four main steps:
1. Register your project by selecting your team, completing key forms and submitting payment.
2. Verify your project milestones and achievements through the on-site verification process.
3. Submit necessary information, calculations and documentation to your Green Rater. Your LEED certification is then reviewed by GBCI.
4. Recieve the certification decision. If you've earned LEED certification: Congratulations!
ArchitectsPlus has shepherded several projects through the LEED certification process, including new construction and historic renovations.