Green Building Club (Green Building Student Initiative)
The Green Building Club aims to assist and promote in the learning and education of green building as well as sustainable design and technology. The club encourages sustainability in construction and design while promoting the use and knowledge of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
The Green Building Club allows all to join because the “green rush” does and will affect all people; the way they not only build, but the way they live and the decisions they make. We welcome student members from all CFCC programs; Construction Management, Architectural Technology, Sustainability Technologies, Interior Design, Electrical/Electronics Technology, Horticulture, Nursing, Business, etc. Our members will join together at our monthly meetings which consist of guest lectures as well as a time for socializing among members. There are scheduled events throughout the year including a beach cleanup, volunteer opportunities, and local building tours.
In the near future, the club hopes to contribute to scholarships for students who are striving for LEED Green Associate and LEED AP. Also, the club will make every effort to help students who are interested in being a part of a local LEED project to help in the success of gaining their LEED AP credential. For more information about LEED and educational materials visit http://www.usgbc.org. For more information about LEED credentials or a credential exam visit http://www.gbci.org.
What defines a Green Building?
A building that minimizes its impact on the environment through energy efficiency and resource conservation; this contributes to the health of its occupants. Comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and healthful environments characterize green buildings.
What is Sustainability?
The concept of sustainability can be traced back to President Theodore Roosevelt who stated in 1910, “I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.” In 1987 the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development defined a sustainable development as one that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Sustainability has three interdependent dimensions relating to the environment, economics and society. This is often referred to as the triple bottom line.
What is Sustainable Construction?
While standard building practices are guided by short term, economic considerations, sustainable construction is based on “best practices.” Best practices emphasize long term affordability, quality, and efficiency. At each stage of the life cycle of the building, it increases comfort and quality of life, while decreasing negative environmental impacts and increasing the economic sustainability of the project.
Best practices emphases:
- Cost effectiveness and long term affordability
- Durability and strength
- Energy efficiency
- Climate change mitigation
- Conservation of water and other natural resources,
- Comfort (acoustical, visual, thermal…)
- Human productivity, safety and health
- Indoor air quality
- Reduction of outdoor air, water and ground pollution
What is Sustainable Design?
An example of a nationally accepted benchmark for sustainable design is LEED. It’s an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is a point based rating system developed by the US Green Building Council that evaluates the environmental performance from a “whole building” perspective over its life cycle, providing a definition standard for what constitutes a green building according to
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy and Atmosphere
- Material and Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Innovation and Design Process
Buildings evaluated by LEED are rated as Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.
Why Not Join the Club? Here’s how:
Visit us at one of our monthly meetings.
Please contact Melissa Woodruff at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the club or to sign up for our e-mail list.