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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED helps building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently. Proposals to modify the LEED standards are offered and publicly reviewed by USGBC’s member organizations, which number almost 20,000.

Variables for Energy-Efficient Roofs

Variables for Energy-Efficient Roofs

Roof material choice is one area of building envelope design where significant efficiency can be found. Energy-efficient roofs have come a long way in recent years. Cost savings can be realized, and service life can be greatly extended with careful selection of a modern energy efficient roof.

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting

Although various forms of rainwater harvesting have been used for thousands of years, as an organized industry, it is still in its infancy. At present, no national standards are in place regulating its use, although various states and municipalities have begun promulgating laws concerning how rainwater may (or may not)

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes,” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

Geosynthetics—Past and Future

Geosynthetics—Past and Future

It was a series of storms in north Florida in 1957 that led Robert J. Barrett, along with engineers from the University of Florida, to develop the first genuine geosynthetic material. It was used to protect the beaches from erosion. Barrett, president of Carthage Mills who would later become known

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes,” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

In Tune With Green Infrastructure

In Tune With Green Infrastructure

Nashville, TN, has a watershed of 311,212 acres. Annual rainfall is 48.5 inches. But those figures don’t mean much if what ­happened in Nashville on May 1–2, 2010—or something close to it—happens again.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

The marketplace for products and services that address building energy efficiency is growing rapidly, and that means economic benefits for businesses and institutions. From the building’s entrance, to the roof and the space inside, there’s a wide spectrum of technologies available. We could talk about HVAC, lighting, water efficiency, water

Paving the Way

Paving the Way

Permeable pavement is taking center stage now as erosion control and stormwater green infrastructure projects aim to reduce runoff and improve water quality.

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