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Green building works for all by saving resources and creating jobs

Published on 17 Nov 2016 Written by Mahesh Ramanujam Posted in Industry

Green buildings support a thriving, innovative industry.

One thing that all Americans can agree on is the urgent need for massive improvement in our roads, bridges, energy and water systems, as well as other important infrastructure such as hospitals and schools. In fact, infrastructure investment was one of the few issues both President-elect Trump and Secretary Clinton identified as immediate domestic priorities.

High-performing, green building practices are continuing their upward trend in the U.S. and around the world, as both the public and private sectors seek to establish themselves as leaders in real estate, asset management and sustainability. With benefits ranging from lowering environmental impact to reduced operating costs to improved human experience, building green and supporting a growing green economy transcends political divides and party labels.

Building green, high-performing structures has also become a matter of national security, with our military branches leveraging LEED as a pathway to energy security and resilience, while many U.S. embassies around the globe have used LEED to create resilient facilities that can operate off-grid with their own water and energy.

In fact, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Department of Defense constructed the first LEED Platinum, net zero energy aviation hangar at Fort Carson, Colorado. This innovative building includes high-efficiency lighting and solar panels that supply half its power needs. It is a major step in support of Fort Carson’s goal to become a net zero energy facility by 2020.

Green building benefits include reduced greenhouse gas emissions associated with their construction and operation. Green buildings are also an important part of any city’s resiliency strategy by designing structures that feature climate adaptation and climate change mitigation strategies. They also generate impressive savings, are healthier for occupants and provide conditions for greater productivity.

Beyond the benefits for owners, investors, tenants and occupants, green buildings support a thriving, innovative industry. The 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study analyzed the economic impact of green construction on the U.S. economy and found that by 2018, green construction will directly contribute 3.3 million jobs in the U.S. and generate $190.3 billion in labor earnings.

Mahesh Ramanujam Posted in Industry

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LEED Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non profit organization that certifies sustainable businesses, homes, hospitals, schools, and neighborhoods. USGBC is dedicated to expanding green building practices and education, and its LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™.

Chemline, Inc. is a member of The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and has the potential to provide LEED points.