What is Building Green?

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23 Aug 2013 in Green Building

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Building green can mean a number of different things — it just depends on who you ask. There are a variety of rating systems builders can build for to achieve varying degrees of “green” based on a particular—or even multiple—rating systems.

In general, to build green means to focus on using:

  • Sustainable and durable materials
  • Products and materials designed to reduce energy and water consumption
  • Practices that reduce waste and the overall carbon footprint
  • Recyclable or reused materials

 
Here are links to various rating systems that are used in the marketplace:

Austin Energy Green Building Program

National Green Building Standard

U.S. Green Building Council LEED Standard

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