A green building is a higher quality building, and as such, may cost more up front, but it saves through lower operating costs over the life of the building. The green building approach applies a project life cycle cost analysis for determining the appropriate up-front expenditure. This analytical method calculates costs over the useful life of the asset. These and other cost-savings can only be fully realized when they are incorporated at the project's conceptual design phase with the assistance of an integrated team of professionals. The integrated systems approach ensures that the building is designed as one system rather than a collection of stand-alone systems.
LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
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4. LEED Certification Resources
AIA-CM provides study material for the LEED AP exam
5. Forum (coming soon: interactive forum for members to share knowledge, experience)
6. Links: coming soon, or suggest sites that have resources for the green buliding community (also see other Green pages)