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A green building, also known as a sustainable building, is a structure that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner. Green buildings are designed to meet certain objectives such as protecting occupant health; improving employee productivity; using energy, water, and other resources more efficiently; and reducing the overall impact to the environment. In the United States, buildings account for:
From it's conception, the Civic Center project has been designed to green building standards. The project has been designed to a LEED Certified standard using the LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovation rating system. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is an internationally recognized green building standard that provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
Below is a sampling of green building practices used in our project: