|Please take a few minutes to make sure you have addressed the
basic criteria to make each of your buildings green, or ecological:
walk the talk. Adapted from the US Green Building Council's LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building
Colorado AIA Committee on the Environment. James
Plagmann, Author. Thomas
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GREEN SITING AND LAND
Site Selection - Avoid development on
sites that are: agricultural; in the 100-year flood plain; subject
to landslides, erosion or wildfires; habitat to endangered species;
Urban Redevelopment - Channel development to
urban areas with existing infrastructure, protecting greenfields and
preserving habitat and natural resources.
Transportation - Reduce pollution and land development impacts
from car use by locating buildings near transit, providing bicycle
amenities, encourage carpooling, and providing alternative fueling
Reduce Site Disturbance - Conserve existing
natural areas and restore damaged areas to provide habitat and
Stormwater Management - Limit
disruption of natural water flows by eliminating storm water runoff,
increasing on-site infiltration and reducing contaminants. Minimize
impervious surfaces. Implement groundwater
Landscape and Exterior Design to Reduce Heat
Islands - Reduce heat islands by eliminating or shading blacktop
paving and dark roof surfaces.
Reduction - Eliminate light trespass from the building site.
Improve night sky access.
Water Efficient Landscaping -
Minimize the use of potable water for irrigation by using
xeriscaping and high efficiency irrigation technologies, including
drip irrigation, rainwater capture, graywater, etc.
Use Reduction - Maximize water efficiency within buildings to
reduce the burden on municipal water supply and wastewater systems.
Specify water-efficient fixtures and equipment.
GREEN ENERGY AND ATMOSPHERE
Energy Performance through siting, orientation, building form,
insulation, glazing, daylighting, and controls. Study performance
with energy modeling programs. Practice integrated design including
all parties of the project from inception.
Energy - Promote energy self-sufficiency and minimize reliance
on limited fossil fuels by incorporating on-site renewable energy
sources such as solar, wind, geothermal and
Building Commissioning - Verify that the
building is designed, constructed, and calibrated to operate as
intended with third party quality control
Eliminate HCFCs - Reduce ozone depletion by
installing building level HVAC and refrigeration equipment and fire
suppression systems that do not contain HCFCs.
Building Reuse -
Extend the life cycle of building stock, conserve resources, retain
cultural resources, reduce waste, and reduce environmental impact of
Construction Waste Management - Divert
construction, demolition, and land clearing debris from landfills.
Redirect recyclable material back to the manufacturing
Resource Reuse - Specify salvaged or
refurbished materials such as wood flooring/paneling/cabinets, doors
and frames, mantels, ironwork, decorative light fixtures, brick,
Recycling/Recycled Content - Provide for
occupant recycling of waste. Specify products that contain recycled
Local/Regional Materials - Specify materials
that are harvested, extracted and manufactured
Rapidly Renewable Materials - Specify
rapidly renewable materials such as straw, bamboo and some
Certified Wood - Specify wood from certified
sustainably managed forests.
Monitoring/Exhaust - Install independent system or make a
function of building HVAC system.
Effectiveness - Employ architectural and HVAC design strategies
to increase ventilation effectiveness and prevent short-circuiting
of airflow delivery. Consider underfloor HVAC and operable
Construction IAQ Management Plan - Implement
during construction process to protect ventilation system and
Low-VOC Materials - Specify low-VOC
adhesives, sealants, coatings, composite wood products and carpet
Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
- Install entry grates to capture dirt. Segregate and separately
ventilate areas of chemical use and storage. Appropriately plumb
drains used for liquid waste disposal.
Systems - Provide a high level of individual control of thermal,
ventilation and lighting systems.
Daylight and Views -
Provide a connection between indoor spaces and outdoor environment
through the introduction of sunlight and views in a glare-free way.
Consider courtyards, atriums, clerestory windows, skylights, and