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Pros and Cons of Green Building Certification
Pros and Cons of Green Building Certification

Much has been written about the benefits of building green: it is better for the environment, better for building occupants, and can save owners money on energy costs. Owners may wonder if it is worthwhile to [...]

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Benefits of Modular Construction
Benefits of Modular Construction

Prefabrication of building elements, which can also be called modular construction, offers benefits for project owners that include lower costs, less material waste, and faster construction schedules. This method of construction can be especially beneficial on [...]

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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Your Construction Project
Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Your Construction Project

The term carbon footprint refers to how much greenhouse gases (GHGs) are being released into the environment when using or manufacturing a product or performing an activity. Many gases can cause damage to the earth’s environment, [...]

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Green Construction and the LEED Process
Green Construction and the LEED Process

The term green building is the practice of utilizing healthier, more resource efficient and environmentally sustainable construction materials and methods. The common objective of green building is to reduce the overall impact of the built environment [...]

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St. Jerome Community Hall: LEED Silver Certification
St. Jerome Community Hall: LEED Silver Certification

When St. Jerome Parish in Culver City began master planning for renovation of its busy urban 6.5 acre campus, the parishioners voted to “Go Green” to reduce its effect on the environment and natural resources. Originally [...]

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5 Easy Green Building Opportunities for Homeowners
5 Easy Green Building Opportunities for Homeowners

Many people today are concerned about preserving the environment during their building projects. They want to make choices that are environmentally responsible and conserve precious resources. However, building a new ground-up “off the grid” home is [...]

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The concept of green building has evolved as people have become increasingly aware of the impact buildings have on the natural environment and its resources and the quality of life of the people who live and work in them. Green building or LEED construction focuses on optimizing a building’s design, utilizing eco-friendly materials and construction methods and creating resource efficiency throughout a building’s life-cycle. Also referred to as sustainability, green building is intended to conserve and protect natural resources, contribute to a better environment and occupancy health and provide cost savings.

LEED certification is a formal process that was developed to offer standards for performance measurement for green buildings and encourage sustainable practices in design and development. Pursuing formal LEED certification is complex and benefits enormously from a professional construction manager’s leadership and technical guidance. Construction managers can provide owners with assistance on evaluating green options for new residential development as well as home renovation projects.