Why is building green important?
Each of the following standards and systems lay out advanced criteria for improved building performance. They emphasize design strategies that optimize building orientation on the site to cut down on heating and cooling loads. They maximize the efficiency of the building envelope in order to minimize the loss of conditioned air and to maintain a stable temperature within. They incorporate best management practices before, during and after construction to reduce the amount of construction waste, pollution, and contaminants that would otherwise affect our air, soils and waters. These buildings reduce or eliminate materials that contain toxins and improve ventilation, making for safer and healthier indoor environments. By certifying your building, proper oversight and management during construction and proper commission of building systems after construction will assure that the building and its systems run as anticipated. Plus, certified green buildings are more valuable in the market place: they can be leased and sold for a higher price, due to their superior construction and reduced operating costs.
PASSIVE HOUSE. Eve is a Certified Passive House Designer. Passive House is the leading building standard for reduction in energy use. The Passive House is a super well insulated, super tight, and super well ventilated home that uses a fraction of the energy to keep it heated in the winter and cool in the summer. When renewable energy systems are added to the equation, the building becomes net zero energy use.
LEED A.P. (BD+C) Eve is a LEED AP (Building Design and Construction). LEED is the most widely recognized and widely used green building program, administered by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy Efficient Design. It is a rating system that certifies buildings at different levels. There are five different rating systems and each rating system is made up of a combination of credit categories. Within each credit category, there are specific prerequisites projects must satisfy and a variety of credits projects can pursue to earn points. The number of points the project earns determines its level of LEED certification.
CERTIFIED GREEN BUILDING PROFESSIONAL. Eve is a Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP) through the organization, Build It Green. Build It Green promotes green building practices, educating building professionals to advocate for a more sustainable building industry in order to prevent climate change, minimize pollution, and protect natural resources for future generations.
LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE. The Living Building Challenge is singularly the most exciting proposal for architecture as we move forward in the twenty-first century. We can no longer do business-as-usual. The California Green Code is good, but not nearly good enough. LEED is better, but is still not sustainable. In this day and age, we need to be doing Living Buildings for all of our development.
The Living Building Challenge is an internationally recognized building standard that goes farther than all other building standards in fostering sustainability in the built environment. LBC is sponsored by the International Living Futures Institute, whose mission is “to lead and support the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.”