Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to using responsible and resource-efficient processes throughout a building’s lifecycle: from site selection and design to construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition. Success requires the close cooperation of the design team, architects, engineers and client at all project stages. The green building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability and comfort.
Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:
- Efficiently using energy, water and other resources
- Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
- Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation
For more information, contact:
Steve Kasper, Program Coordinator
708-596-2000, ext. 2295