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Green Organizations

 

LEEDS

U.S. Green Building Council - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. 

LEED provides a roadmap for measuring and documenting success for every building type and phase of a building lifecycle. 

http://www.usgbc.org

Architect’s Comment: In 2009, LEEDS will be publishing a residential rating guide.  Check the website for guidelines.

 

Green Globes

The Green Globes system is a revolutionary building environmental design and management tool. It delivers an online assessment protocol, rating system and guidance for green building design, operation and management. It is interactive, flexible and affordable, and provides market recognition of a building’s environmental attributes through third-party verification.

http://www.greenglobes.com/

Architect’s Comment: Mecklenburg County has approved both LEEDS and Green Globes for commercial buildings only. They have no green building standards guidelines for the county at this time.

 

NC Healthy Home

The NC HealthyBuilt Homes Program provides a certificate for homes meeting "green home guidelines" built by residential builders who practice sustainable, high performance building strategies making the home a comfortable, healthy and affordable place that reduces energy and water usage, promotes renewable energy use and helps protect the land where the home is built. 

In a HealthyBuilt Home, building materials and processes are selected to reduce pollution and the waste of natural resources during the manufacturing and construction phases and throughout the life of the home. The builder is encouraged to provide homeowner education about the high performance features of the home and provide local resources for "green" living.

http://www.healthybuilthomes.org/

 

Alliance to Save Energy

The Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.  Energy efficiency is the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to extend our world's energy supplies.

http://www.ase.org/

Architect’s Comment: Check out this link for tax credit information – this site is easy to navigate and the most comprehensive source for tax credit info.

 

NC State Energy Office

The State Energy Office promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy for North Carolina, striving toward a sustainable energy future. The Office accomplishes this by administering innovative programs and services that educate and involve energy consumers, producers and decision makers. The State Energy Office organizes rapid responses to energy supply emergencies. The Office is recognized as North Carolina’s primary independent resource for energy information and technology.  The State Energy Office’s main areas of focus are alternative fuels; energy information and education; energy efficiency for industry and state agencies, universities, community colleges and local government; and renewable energy.

http://www.energync.net/resources/newsletter.html

Lindsay Daniel provides residential architecture services to Charlotte, North Carolina and the surrounding communities.