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Foreword to Green Building Guidelines PDF
Since the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) started working on the initial version of the Green Building Guidelines:
Meeting the Demand for Low-Energy, Resource-Efficient Homes in 2000, much has changed. Nearly two million housing units have have been built every year.
The impact of all of this construction has been positive as it rippled through the economy, helping to keep it stronger longer than could have been predicted.
There has also been a down side. Consider these facts: every year constructing and operating America’s buildings generates about 25% of the total municipal solid waste stream and 48% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
The industry uses over 25% of the total amount of water, and a whopping 76% of the electricity generated in the US.
And our country’s insatiable appetite for energy to power these new homes keeps increasing, which results in more and more air pollution.
An unprecedented number of natural disasters, wildfires, tornadoes, and most notably Hurricane Katrina, have damaged or destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, many of which still await final demolition before being taken off to the landfill.
During the same six year period, the green phenomenon has taken firm hold nationally, touching many aspects of our lives:
from everyday purchases such as organic foods and hybrid cars to the more heady concept proposed by economists and environmentalists to quantify the US green Gross Domestic Product.
Green magazines and e-newsletters are springing up everywhere. Coverage in top national newspapers such as The New York Times, the LA Times,
and The Washington Post is regular and in-depth. Cover stories and entire issues devoted to green are found in Time, Newsweek, CNN Money, Vanity Fair, and Good Housekeeping.
The construction and home building sectors are no exception. The green home building movement, which applies environmentally sensitive design and construction techniques to reduce energy and water consumption and improve residential comfort and safety, has moved rapidly into the mainstream.
By 2005, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) had already held its fourth annual green building conference called “Greening the American Dream.”
That same year, NAHB published the Model Green Home Building Guidelines and the accompanying Green Home Building Checklist designed as a tool kit for local associations that wanted to create their own customized green home building programs.
NAHB’s goal to move environmentally-friendly home building concepts further into the mainstream marketplace continues to be a high priority in 2007.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) also launched a residential program and is now pilot testing LEED® for Homes (LEED-H).
This voluntary rating system, targeted to reach the top 25% of homes with best practices and environmental features, is expected to be formally released in late 2007.
It is just one part of the suite of assessment tools offered by the USGBC. At last count, more than 60 local green building programs had been established by homebuilder associations, utilities, local governments and non profit groups across the U.S., and there are many more ready to launch.
Continued growth in the marketplace for green/sustainable homes is being predicted. Results from the McGraw-Hill Key Trends/SmartMarket Report published in 2006,
Found a 20% increase in 2005 in the members of the home building community who were focusing more attention on environmentally responsible building.
That number was expected to increase by another 30% in 2006. The study showed that after several years of slow but steady growth across the country, by 2010,
The residential green building business might grow as high as $38 billion. With such a dynamic landscape, an update of the Green Building Guidelines was warranted.
In addition to educating newcomers to green home building, we are eager to share SBIC’s overarching philosphy that sustainability, while critcial, cannot stand alone.
A more inclusive ‘’whole building approach” is required and is summarized for readers of this new edition.
How to Use this Green Building Book
SBIC’s Green Buildilng Guildelines was the first national green home building resource written by builders for builders.
While it is still primarily a builder’s guide, the information will be valuable to anyone who wants to learn more about the various aspects that make up green home design.
For example, homeowners may find it a valuable resource when working with a builder. The Table of Contents is organized by the Sustainability Principles (optimize site design, save energy and water, improve indoor environmental quality, use green products and systems, and optimize O&M).
You will also find a Builder’s Matrix, organized by the stages of a project (land development, construction waste management, foundations, framing, exterior finishing, HVAC, interior finishing, landscaping, etc.).
The text has been organized to acquaint the reader with basic concepts and provides resources that offer more detailed information.
At the end of each section, you will find “Interactions,” which are references to other sections of the book describing design strategies, systems, components, or materials that may interact in important ways with the topic of the chapter.
SBIC recognizes that there are many shades of green. Whether or not the strategies and materials you select are cost-effective, practical,
And attractive enough to offer you a significant market advantage over your competitors depends on specific local factors such as costs, climate, and market characteristics.
Just how green to be is a decision made by builders, often with their clients, during the design and development stages of each project.
The Fifth Edition of the Green Building Guidelines should also be a particularly helpful tool in discussions with your subcontractors, suppliers, developers, and business partners.
History of the Green Building Guidelines
In 1998, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Building Technology and its Building America Program partners at the Consortium for Advanced Residential Building (CARB) managed by Steven Winter Associates,
Inc., SBIC formed a committee of builders (both members and non-members of NAHB, architects, building scientists,
Product suppliers and manufacturers and others, and set out to develop guidelines for builders who were interested in environmentally friendly design and construction.
The result was the First Edition of SBIC’s Green Building Guidelines, published in 2000. The Committee pulled together research, information,
Tips and resources into a single builder-friendly document that had previously been scattered across more than 100 different books, videos, and Web sites.
Since its first printing more than 5,000 copies have been disseminated nationwide
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