How have our building practices changed to make our buildings more efficient?



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    One of the success stories in environmental stewardship recently has been the introduction and popularity of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. LEED was created by the US Green Building Council and provides a process where builders can get their buildings “certified” green in terms of reduced energy usage, greater efficiency, carbon-emission responsibility, indoor air quality, linkage to good and responsible transportation systems and use of green building materials. There’s no limit to the innovations that are being introduced in LEED certified buildings; for instance, a barrel storage bunker at a winery in Carlton, Oregon which uses all natural energy (including lights) and has a living roof, or the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock that generates much of its power on-site. Now that LEED certification has considerable cachet, there’s an economic benefit to getting it, and as a result I think building practices are generally going to become greener and more innovative.

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