Future of Houses - Sustainability and LEED

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Future of Houses - Sustainability and LEED

Naoto Hayashi

Sagar Patel

Andrea Roberts

Enri Prifti

What is LEED? In order to motivate and encourage builders to be eco-friendly and aware of the products that they use in construction the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) developed a certification program called LEED which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design. It is totally voluntarily and it is nationally known for design, operation and construction program of high performance green buildings. (LEED.net) Buildings have to be constructed with environmentally friendly materials that will not harm the environment such as provide energy and atmosphere efficiency, wastewater reuse and reused building materials. The committee is developing sustainability standards for products that are used in buildings and is awarding points for buildings that use for instance sustainable energy-efficient lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures as incentives for builders to use materials that are sustainable which means materials that do not harm the environment by depleting the natural resources.

Buying a home means investing in the future. Houses that we are in today will not be entirely compatible with our needs tomorrow. Technology as we have seen is always changing and so is our lifestyle. Rising costs and dwindling availability of energy and water are changing how our dwellings are going to function in the future. The building industry is responding by developing construction methods and materials that outperform what has been used in the past. Building industry is one of the largest consumers in terms of natural resources, and one of the largest producers of pollution thereafter. (Vijayan & Kumar, 2005) This has influenced researchers to focus on how to reduce the depletion of resources caused by construction worldwide. The trend now is to build new houses that are energy neutral and that use sustainable building practices. These advances in technology benefit not only designers and builders but also home owners. Sustainable or green design building is a construction practice that significantly reduces or eliminates the negative impact of buildings on the environment and people. Sustainable building includes the concepts of energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, building longevity and healthy structures. Solar panels, green roof technology, and geothermal energy are going to be the focus of my research. Building green has many environmental and economic benefits over traditional construction style. Building practices that will be discussed below are: reducing operating costs, less expensive heating and cooling equipment, using less water and reducing carbon emissions.When Disney’s House of the Future was built in 1957 scientists and architects were not concerned at all with climate change, environmental pollution or sustainability. (Stock, 2009) Nowadays, everybody is concerned with sustainability and ensuring that we are thinking about future generations by not depleting natural resources. Building sector plays a significant role in reducing building energy during operation such as electricity, heat, cooling, and reducing use of high energy construction materials by reusing existing buildings or using low-impact materials.

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The Hillside House isfirst LEED-H home in Marin County

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