Controlling Costs in LEED Projects

Architect Peter Busby, leader of the sustainable design practice at Perkins+Will internationally, has designed a number of LEED-certified projects. His approach to controlling costs involves several key elements:*

*Canada Green Building Council [online], http://my.cagbc.org/green_building_projects/leed_certified_buildings. php?id=83&press=1&draw_column=3:3:2, accessed April 2008. ^Personal communication, Peter Busby, April 2008.

■ Have a clear green design goal from the outset.

■ Make sure the design team is completely integrated.

■ Incorporate green elements in the design from the beginning.

■ Have centralized management of the green building process.

■ Team members should have experience with/knowledge of green building.

■ Obtain sufficient technical information to make informed decisions.

■ Provide sufficient upfront time and funding for studies to get the technical information.

■ Always insist on life-cycle costing of green investments.*

We will return to these points in several places in this chapter, since each design team has to address the challenge of identifying green building costs (and benefits) and justifying them to clients. (Chap. 6 presented the business case for green buildings by placing the full range of benefits into perspective, often a necessary prelude to considering whether to bear additional costs.)

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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