Why Go Green?
Threatened natural resources and global warming have set the stage for the government, manufacturers, businesses, designers, and citizens to consider how everyday practices and behavior impact the health of our planet. Clean water, unpolluted air, reducing waste, and preserving our environment are achievable goals for everyone. Going green just makes good sense.
The ‘Built Environment’
The ‘built environment’ in the United States (offices, retail, manufacturing facilities, residential) consumes vast amounts of natural resources and contributes tons of waste.
Did you know?
- Buildings generate > $136 million tons of waste annually
- Account for 65% of all electricity consumed
- Emit 30% of greenhouse gases
U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is leading the movement to advance eco-friendly building practices. The council is a non-profit organization with membership consisting of government agencies, non-profits, manufacturers, building owners, architects, designers, engineers, manufacturers, and contractors committed to developing standards for sustainable buildings.
What is LEED?
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) was developed by the USGBC as a rating system to assess and promote development of green buildings.
LEED Is a consensus-based national rating system that:
- Covers all types of buildings
- Promotes modern strategies for sustainable development, resource conservation, energy efficiency, indoor air quality
- Provides tools for building ‘green’
- Quantifies results of the process for building owners and occupants.
The rating system is applied by a third-party certifier that assigns LEED points for environmentally friendly designs and products, awarding Silver, Gold, and Platinum status for buildings that comply with certain requirements. The USGBC and LEED process does not certify or test manufacturer’s products.
Aurora Products and LEED
Aurora Storage Products contain 40% recycled steel content and can potentially qualify for 2 LEED points. Our Gloss-Tek powder coat finish is eco-friendly, contributing no harmful VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) to the environment. This finish could add 1 LEED point.
To download LEED, version 3.0 click here.
LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations Rating System