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Green/Sustainable Building Technologies

According to the US Green Building Council, buildings (in the United States) account for:

  • 70% of electricity consumption
  • 39% of energy use
  • 39% of all carbon dioxide emissions
  • 40% of raw materials use
  • 30% of waste output (approximately 136 million tons per annum)
  • 12% of potable water consumption
As buildings have such a substantial impact on everyday life, it is important to include green and sustainable building technologies in new construction and renovations at UMM and WCROC.

Green and sustainable building technologies can provide a variety of benefits, including improved air and water quality, reduced waste streams, reduced operating costs, enhanced comfort of building occupants. To obtain these and additional benefits, obtaining varying levels of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is a top priority in any major building project.

What Exactly Is LEED?

LEED is a third party certification program of high-performance green buildings. LEED certification gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on building performance by promoting a whole-building approach to sustainability. LEED is a broad-scope set of guidelines and performance factors used by everyone from architects to construction managers, lenders, and interior designers to create sustainable building environments.

Information on LEED and building technologies courtesy of the US Green Building Council (external link)