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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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