Green Buildings and Sustainable Design: Creating Clean-Energy Communities

on June 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM


The following is an excerpt from an Energy Solutions Forum Policy Primer for the New York Energy Week Energy Asset Management Forum.

Green buildings and sustainability projects include daylighting, landscape water use reduction, indoor water use reduction, and on-site/off-site green power with the aim to reduce environmental problems and provide long-term health benefits. Federal laws and executive orders require government buildings meet specific standards for green design and sustainability. State and local initiatives also foster green building in the nonfederal sector. Policies include a mix of mandates and incentives that spur sustainability efforts in building projects which stimulate the private sector by demonstrating reduced energy consumption an incentivizing local architects, contractors, and other industry professionals to gain accreditation in green building.

You can read the rest of the primer here.

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