As the environmental impact of buildings becomes more
apparent, a new field called green building is arising to
reduce that impact at the source. Green
or sustainable building is the practice of creating healthier and more resource-efficient
models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and
demolition. This section of PCRC
provides links to green building activities and related documents.
LEED Green Building
The LEED (Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a
voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance,
sustainable buildings. Members of the U.S. Green Building Council representing
all segments of the building industry developed LEED and continue to contribute
to its evolution. LEED standards are currently available for:
construction and major renovation projects
LEED™ was created to:
"green building" by establishing a common standard of
integrated, whole-building design practices
environmental leadership in the building industry
consumer awareness of green building benefits
the building market
LEED provides a complete framework for assessing building
performance and meeting sustainability goals. Based on well-founded scientific
standards, LEED emphasizes state of the art strategies for sustainable site
development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor
environmental quality. LEED recognizes achievements and promotes expertise in
green building through a comprehensive system offering project certification, professional
accreditation, training and practical resources.
Green Seal is a
non-profit organization devoted to environmental standard setting, product
certification, and public education. Green Seal’s mission is to work towards
environmental sustainability by identifying and promoting environmentally
responsible products, purchasing, and production.
Green Seal offers certification to
all products covered by its Standards. Manufacturers may submit their products
for evaluation by Green Seal. Those which comply with Green Seal’s requirements
may be authorized to use the Green Seal Certification Mark on products and in
product advertising. Manufacturers authorized to use the Green Seal
Certification Mark on their product are subject to an ongoing program of
testing, inspection, and enforcement.
The following provide information the Green Seal process for
paints and a link to certified paints.
- Green Seal Standards and Certification GS-11. This standard establishes environmental
requirements for paints intended for on-site application to interior or
exterior surfaces of residential, commercial, institutional or industrial
buildings. The standard does not
include stains, clear finishes, or paints sold in aerosol cans.
- Green Seal Standards and Certification GS-3. This standard establishes environmental
requirements for anti-corrosive paints (i.e., preventing the corrosion of ferrous metal
Green Seal Paints. This is a
list of Green Seal Certified paints, list by manufacturer.
Green Building Locator
The Construction Industry Compliance Assistance (CICA)
Center provides compliance assistance information related to land development
and construction for architects, builders, and homeowners. CICA developed the Green Building State Locator that
provides state-specific Green Building information.