Since the inception of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system in 2000, there has been a widespread development of green building practices in commercial, government and residential properties. LEED-certified buildings have helped to lower energy consumption, water consumption, CO2 emissions and material use across the board.
“In 2009 alone, annual CO2 savings from LEED buildings was estimated to be approximately 2.9 million tons from energy efficiency and renewables. Total water savings from LEED was estimated at 15 billion gallons… over 60 percent of construction and demolition waste was diverted from LEED projects, totaling 25 million tons to date and is expected to reach almost 800 million cumulative tons by 2030,” according to LEED-New Construction Project Management, a new book published by Vijaya Yellamraju.
The book gives predictions for how LEED will affect the future of green building, including building design and construction. Yellamraju predicts in the coming years, building design will have a much higher consideration for performance in terms of energy use, water consumption and CO2 emissions.
Advanced Control Corporation of South Florida is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and contributed to Broward County’s first LEED-certified building project. Advanced Control Corporation has been business for over 20 years as the industry leader in building automation, energy management, air quality control and lighting control systems – always with green building in mind. In fact, Advanced Control has helped to reduce the carbon footprint of thousands of buildings in Florida by providing the latest technology in innovative building systems.