U.S. Green Building Council to Encourage Responsibly Sourced Building Materials

Published Date : Apr 13, 2016

Green and intelligent buildings are energy efficient and environment-friendly throughout their life cycle. Building functions such as Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems are integrated in green buildings to manage the available resources and enhance the operational performance of the buildings by optimizing energy usages through automated controls. Most of the materials used across the green and intelligent buildings are non-toxic and renewable. The usage of renewable sources of energy such as hydro power, wind power, and solar power are stressed upon for onsite generation of green energy. To reduce water wastage in such buildings, rain water harvesting methods are implemented. Green and intelligent buildings reduce the overall environmental impact owing to low operational costs and low carbon emissions.

The U.S. Green Building Council has announced that it would encourage the sustainably sourced building materials by giving credit for wood from American Tree Farm System certified forests, and other recognized forest certification systems including Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). The credits would be given through the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. This is expected to boost forest conservation across the country as well as help family forest owners. In the U.S., a majority of these forests are under the ownership of individuals and families, and are not owned by the federal government or corporations. 

Ford Focuses on Development of Sustainable and Green Campus

Focussing on sustainable construction, automobile manufacturer Ford Motor Corp. is planning to transform its 60-year old Dearborn campus into a green, modern, and high-tech campus to foster innovation. According to a statement released by the company, the transformed campus will house a world headquarters campus and a product campus, and will have technology-enabled and connected facilities. The new construction is expected to meet the LEED gold certification standards.