Building Green and Increasing Efficiency

Environmentally friendly construction, or green building, is a concept that involves building structures in a way that minimizes their harmful impact on the environment. The most important elements of green building are maximizing energy efficiency, reducing water usage, using less building materials, and reducing or eliminating waste. The benefits of eco-friendly building include higher market values, reduced energy costs and operating costs, and lower pollution levels. Green building standards are managed by the United States Green Building Council, through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems. LEED ratings range from "Certified" for basic compliance, to Silver, Gold, and finally Platinum for buildings whose eco-friendliness are exceptional in magnitude.

Energy Efficiency

Water Efficiency

Materials Efficiency

Waste Reduction