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Sustainable Building

Sustainable Building Attempts to answer the questions: What makes a building green and sustainable? Why do we need green building? What is the LEED rating system for sustainable buildings.

David Arell

on 23 March 2010

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Transcript of Sustainable Building

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs How Do We Adapt? Green Buildings Can Help But how do we know which buildings are green? Green vs Greenwashed Sustainable Development What Is It? Current Condition What can be done? LEED Population Took us 3.2 billion years to reach a population of 1 Billion people Then an additional 130 years to hit 2 Billion people The 3rd Billion took only 30 years The 4th Billion took 15 years The 5th and 6th billion took 12 years each We will hit 7 billion this year Expected to hit 12 Billion people by 2040 We can't move away any more Reduce - Reuse - Recycle Global CO2 Emissions by Sector #1 Buildings #2 Transportation #3 Industry Source: Energy Information Administration 2006, USGBC Impacts of Buildings on Resources 40% primary energy use 72% of electricity comsumption 39% of CO2 emissions 13.6% of potable water consumption Sources: Environmental Information Administration 2008,
US Geological Survey, USGBC We can't move the village to find new resources We can't move away from pollution any more Green Buildings How do we know if a building is Green? Need 3rd Party Verification Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design LEED Leadership Energy Environmental Design What Does LEED Consider? Water Management Energy Sustainable Site Planning Indoor Environmental Quality Material and Resource Conservation What's the Big Picture? We need Green Buildings Please contact us with any questions O.B. Wetzell

David Arell
david@sustainablereturn.com Hunter Gatherers
Bigger is Better
Tommorow Never Comes OK, So What Can I Do about Sustainability? "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Ghandi Reduce - Reuse - Recycle Learning
Turn off lights/AC
No Standby
Energy Efficient Appliances
Buy local Light color roofs
Low flow water fixtures
Pervious paving Recycle
Cradle to Cradle
Get involved
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