An interesting video addressing sustainable architecture came across our screens last week courtesy of the fantastic team at The Wall Street Journal. The video highlights an interview with a New York City architect named John Scepter, who discusses the the benefits of buying into a green building and the impact of LEED certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a certification program for green building that rewards high performance construction practices and recognizes best-in-class building strategies and energy efficient results. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.
“That Program [LEED], was really instrumental in raising awareness about how developers and homeowners can actually improve the energy efficiency of the buildings they live in and work.” says John. There are many nuanced pieces that go into LEED certification. Location, age, and ability to re-purpose materials and avoid waste are all factors that are considered when a building is up for certification.
This video goes on in to explore a few other elements that are commonplace when seeking to lower the carbon footprint of a building or home, and we highly recommend a viewing…
Live Green: The Case for Sustainable Architecture
The acceptance of sustainable architecture is
spreading as more green options and technologies present themselves. The innovations that are occurring within this space will make way for a cleaner environment within your own home and your community as a whole. An example of this trend locally is Greenline Home's new development in Bronzeville, discussed yesterday at the monthly Southside Builder's Lunch.