General information about the elements of a green building and the sustainable design and construction process.
Sustainable site development involves the wise selection of a site that minimizes environmental impacts, reduces emissions associated with transportation, implements sustainable landscape practices that reduce resource consumption and restores natural areas, manages stormwater runoff, reduces the heat island effect, and eliminates light pollution.
There are a variety of options to conserve water, both inside and outside of the building, to help you save money and reduce demand on public water supplies and infrastructure.
- WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, making it easy to save water and protect the environment. Look for the WaterSense label to choose quality, water-efficient products.
Energy Efficiency and Atmosphere
Efforts to address energy reliability and affordability, slow the depletion of the ozone layer, and mitigate climate change focus on energy demand, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and ongoing energy performance.
- The building commissioning process focuses on verifying and documenting that the facility and all of its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained to meet the Owner's Project Requirements.
- Clean Energy, learn more about what it is, how much it costs, and how you can purchase clean energy.
- Green-e Energy is a voluntary certification and verification program for renewable energy products.
- Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)
- Maryland Energy Administration's business incentives for green building, energy efficiency, and clean energy.
- Pepco's Commercial and Industrial Energy Savings program offer a variety of incentives for commercial customers.
Materials and Resources
Buildings generate a large amount of waste throughout their life cycles, from construction to building operation to demolition. Green building addresses waste management and life-cycle impacts.
Indoor Environmental Quality
Indoor environment quality is a major concern for buildings and the health, safety, and productivity of their occupants. Strategies reduce indoor air pollutants, ensure adequate ventilation of fresh air, and appropriate controls for thermal comfort, lighting, and acoustics.