What is Green Building?
Green building upholds a set of standards that lessen the impact of the construction of new buildings on the environment. According to green building standards, structures should be energy and water efficient, and residents and visitors should be encouraged to use alternatives means of transportation to and from the structure. Environmentally preferable building materials should be used, and construction should create minimal waste and maximize the amount of material that is reused or recycled.
The City’s current Green Building Ordinance stipulates that non-residential projects greater than 1,000 square feet in floor area must comply with Stopwaste.org’s Alameda County Small Commercial Green Building Checklist. City-sponsored public-private partnership projects over $3 million must achieve a Silver rating in the US Green Building Council’s LEED-rating system. Each of these systems includes a requirement to achieve a specified energy efficiency benchmark.
What Can You Do?
- Implement LEED standards and requirements from the Small Commercial Green Building Checklist gradually
- When purchasing anything new for your business, try to choose items that contribute to LEED credits