Alternatives in Green Building Frameworks

Dec. 18, 2009
December 2009 Vol. 7 Issue 12

Alternatives in Green Building Frameworks

In the quest to create more sustainable buildings, it has become important to have an organized framework and standardized metrics for performance. Rating systems provide these benefits. While the sustainable building industry has come a long way in the past decade, three primary reasons to use a rating system still hold true:

  1. As a framework to guide the design, construction, and/or operation of a green building.
  2. As a metric to validate and compare the performance of buildings.
  3. As a market differentiation tool to communicate the value of a green building in simple terms.

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