These materials protect the health of construction personnel and building occupants.
These materials reduce the glare from interior finishes.
These materials provide soft surfaces to improve acoustics.
These materials allow more daylight into the core of a building.
Increasing the infiltration of runoff
Installing a dual flush toilet
Installing a bioretention pond
Installing an onsite septic system
The building design will be more efficient
Off-site renewable energy costs less than off-site non-renewable energy
Less emissions will be generated
The building will avoid electricity blackouts
Run computer simulations to prioritize energy-efficiency opportunities
Turn on all systems to their maximum output to confirm the building can handle the load
Verify that no issues occur during a demand-response event
Ensure that the building systems are functioning as designed and that they support the owner's project requirements
LEED reference guides
Irrigation fees for water use
Masonry costs paid to a sub-contractor
Cost for installing a green roof
Fees to develop tenant agreements
Indoor Environmental Quality
Energy and Atmosphere
Minimum Program Requirement
The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations
The Natural Heritage Program
State fish and wildlife agencies (or local equivalent)
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
Providing weather-based irrigation control
Providing water consumption tracking and leak identification
Preventing irrigation runoff
Billing tenants based on their portion of building occupancy
Linoleum floor tiles
To reduce the costs of cleaning a building
To reduce the environmental effects of cleaning products
To decrease the time it takes to clean a building
To provide the janitorial staff with an opportunity to be part of the integrative design
By calculating the street and/or bicycle network distance
By calculating the walking distance along infrastructure that is safe and comfortable for pedestrians
By determining the street network distance, excluding private drives
By determining the straight-line radius from point to point.
Conduct custodial training, use fans to blow out construction dust, orient the building properly
Keep dust and dirt out of the building, protect materials from moisture damage, flush-out the building before occupancy
Increase ventilation, calibrate sensors and monitors, conduct an occupant survey
Use low VOC materials, monitor carbon dioxide, monitor outdoor airflow
Surveys are a Minimum Program Requirement.
Surveys are required for ongoing commissioning.
Surveys identify areas that need improvement.
Surveys reduce the ongoing waste stream.
The number of diverse uses
Placing recovery rooms toward the core of the building
Designing waiting areas with views to the outdoors
Using sound isolation
Reducing the building's footprint
Promoting vehicles with alternative fuels
Preserving historic districts
Selecting only ENERGY STAR appliances
Additional time in the schedule for construction
Added building equipment to make the building more energy efficient
Contingencies for research of unconventional techniques or materials
Added utility costs
Increased prices for selecting a sustainable site
Permit fees for plumbing
Consultant fees for green building experts
Paints with high VOCs
CFC-based refrigerants used in HVAC systems
Runoff from the flooding of a construction site
Paint all hardscapes white
Install lamp posts every 20 feet (6 meters) around the entire property line
Install shielded fixtures
Low VOC paints
Choose products made in factories that support worker health
Select products that ship with less packaging
Structural insulated panels