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Sustainable construction should be thought of as process, rather than an end state. US Executive Order 13423 states that sustainability “means to create and maintain conditions, under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations.” Because of the benefits to people, planet and profit (Triple Bottom Line), new ways of designing, constructing and operating buildings must be considered.

Waste Management

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Construction & Demolition Materials
Reducing the amount of C&D materials disposed of in landfills or combustion facilities provides numerous benefits.Learn what you can do, and how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and rebuy C&D materials and find additional resources by material type.

Historic Buildings

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended establishes a program for the preservation of historic properties throughout the United States. It created the National Register of Historic Places, State Historic Preservation Offices and the Section 106 Review Process. As a result, Historic buildings present major challenges when trying to introduce sustainable efforts. While structurally, you cannot change historic buildings, there are innovative ways to effectively "green" these landmarks.