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What is Sustainable Design?. The goal of green or sustainable building design is to meet today’s consumption needs without borrowing resources from future generations.

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What is sustainable design
What is Sustainable Design?

  • The goal of green or sustainable building design is to meet today’s consumption needs without borrowing resources from future generations.

  • Green buildings are designed to provide a high level of comfort and service, while using less energy with a lower environmental impact.

  • Southern Connecticut State University Residence Hall

    Designed for LEED Certification


Environmental impact of buildings
Environmental Impact of Buildings

  • 36% of total energy use

  • 65% of electricity consumption

  • 30% of greenhouse gas emissions

  • 30% of raw materials use

  • 30% of waste output/136 million tons annually

  • 12% of potable water consumption

Pratt & Whitney Customer Training Facility

Source: United States Green Building Council


U s green building council
U.S. Green Building Council

  • Promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

  • Leading a national consensus for producing a new generation of buildings that deliver high performance inside and out.

  • Developed the LEED Certification System

  • Eastern Connecticut State University Residential Village

    Designed for LEED Certification

Source: United States Green Building Council


Leed certification
LEED Certification

  • Whole-building approach

  • Optimizes environmental and economic factors

  • Four levels of LEED-NC certification:

    • Certified Level 26-32 points

    • Silver Level 33-38 points

    • Gold Level 39-51 points

    • Platinum Level 52+ ponts (69 possible)

  • The Mark Twain House & Museum Center

    First LEED Certified Building in Connecticut

Source: United States Green Building Council


Environmental benefits
Environmental Benefits

  • Enhance and protect ecosystems and biodiversity

  • Improve air and water quality

  • Reduce solid waste

  • Conserve natural resources

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation Headquarters Building

    LEED Platinum Commercial Building

Source: United States Green Building Council


Economic benefits
Economic Benefits

  • Reduce operating costs

  • Enhance asset value and profits

  • Improve employee productivity and satisfaction

  • Optimize life-cycle economic performance

Studies indicate that poor indoor air quality in the U.S. has resulted in an annual loss of $15 billion in worker productivity.

  • Herman Miller Office Building

    LEED Gold Certification

Source: United States Green Building Council


Health community benefits
Health & Community Benefits

  • Improve air, thermal and acoustic environments

  • Enhance occupant comfort and health

  • Minimize strain on local infrastructure

  • Contribute to overall quality of life

  • Caribou, Maine Weather Forecast Office

    LEED Silver Certification

Source: United States Green Building Council


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