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Green Building

Green building refers to a structure which uses processes that are resource-efficient and environmentally responsible. This sustainable practice takes place throughout the building's life-cycle: design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition. Green building often is comparable to classical building design with concerns for economy, utility, durability and comfort.

Facility Manager User Guide
This guide covers using the Sustainable Facilities Tool to assist you in the maintenance and care of your facility. 

Sustainable Facilities Tools: Water Efficiency
Buildings are significant users of the Earth’s freshwater supply. The goal of a responsible building operator should be to encourage a smarter use of water, both inside and outside the facility. Indoor water use reduction is typically achieved through efficient plumbing fixtures, fittings, appliances and process equipment used to heat and cool the building; outdoor water use reduction efforts should focus on water-wise landscaping and efficient irrigation. By using less potable water, a building will also reduce the amount of energy needed to transport, treat, and redistribute that water, not to mention the cost savings associated with reduced potable water consumption. Innovative solutions for water efficiency should include not only a reduction in the amount of potable water used, but also a reduction in the use of non-potable water where appropriate (for flushing toilets, watering the landscape, etc).

Get LEED Certified
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project.

Business Case for Green Building (PDF)
A comprehensive report that highlights the large number of compelling benefits green buildings bestow on different stakeholders throughout the life cycle of a building.

Design for the Environment