Green Construction Practices & LEED Buildings 
Green construction practices and LEED practices can be followed for residential, public, and commercial buildings.
There is information on this page for all kinds of contruction.
Key organizations that promote green construction practices:
GBI Logo
GBI - Green Building Initiative
USBG Logo
USGBC -
United States Green Building Council


which oversees the LEED program:

LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LEED for Homes         LEED Certification Symbol
Links:
Green Construction Practices - Boost Your Profit
Green Construction Info
Green Economy Post
Design For Deconstruction
LEED for Public/Commercial Buildings
LEED for Homes
LEED Project Directory
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LEED for Homes Project Directory
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Playbook for Green Buildings & Neighborhoods
 
 
 
Green Construction Practices
Modifying old construction practices can have you seeing a lot more green, in more than one way.  Green construction practices are good for the environment, more desirable by consumers and governments, they are more cost effective, and end up being more profitable.

Here are some quick tips to help you get started!
 
Reduce the amount of waste
This process begins with the design and continues until the project is over. Plan to use standard material sizes so that there is less cutting and scrap pieces of material. During the building process, ask suppliers for returnable pallets and containers, and ask them to buy back unused materials or replaced damaged items. Try to find suppliers that have reused, recycled or renewable materials.

Reuse / Recycle waste on site
Have a designated area for reusable scrap material, this may be useful for firewall, fillers or spacers later. Save concrete chunks, broken bricks, blocks and other masonry rubble for backfill. Save any yard waste and saw dust you created for mulch. Never throw away excess insulation, it can be put in interior walls or on top of attic insulation for added protection.

Know what green materials are available to you
Purchasing local products, renewable, durable, or refurbished materials are all good starting ideas for finding green building supplies. In addition, check your materials to make sure they emit few or no carcinogens, irritants or volatile organic compounds. The materials and systems you install should also be energy efficient, and aid in water conservation.

Design for deconstruction
Design the building so that it is easy to take apart or add on to. Try and use bolts instead of glue wherever possible. This will make it easier to reuse materials at the end of the building’s life, to reduce the overall environmental impact of the building materials.
Remember, this is just a starting point. For more information, follow the links at left, and consider joining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and/or the Green Building Initiative (GBI).
 
About LEED
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in March 2000, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

LEED promotes sustainable building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. The LEED rating systems are developed through an open, consensus-based process led by LEED committees, diverse groups of volunteers representing a cross-section of the building and construction industry. Key elements of the process include a balanced and transparent committee structure, technical advisory groups that ensure scientific consistency and rigor, opportunities for stakeholder comment and review, member ballot of new rating systems, and fair and open appeals.

LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential. It works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant fitout, and significant retrofit. And LEED for Neighborhood Development extends the benefits of LEED beyond the building footprint into the neighborhood it serves. LEED also makes business sense, benefiting commercial building owners as well as tenants.
 
 
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