What Makes a Building Green? Here’s a hint…it’s not the color ;)
Some common features of green buildings include HVAC systems, daylight harvesting or daylighting, ENERGY STAR appliances, technologies that reduce water waste such as low-flow toilets and showerheads, and water recycling systems.
In Virginia, a green building is defined as a building that:
- Exceeds the energy efficiency standards prescribed in the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code by 30 percent; or
- Meets or exceeds the EarthCraft House Program, Green Globes Green Building Rating System, ENERGY STAR or LEED standards.
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