The US Green Building Council (USGBC, www.usgbc.org), founded in 1993, has been at the forefront of the green building movement. The USGBC membership includes a variety of different industry sectors all dedicated to promoting and implementing sustainable building practices. Shortly after its creation, the membership realized in order to promote and create a sustainable building culture, a system was needed to define and measure what would qualify as a “green building”. From this, grew what is now known as the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System®.
In recent years, people have become aware of the impact of buildings and infrastructure on the environment in which we live and in turn, the built environments’ effect on us. A movement has sprouted from this awareness spawning new growth in the area of “green” or “sustainable” building practices. In general, green building means balancing environmental responsibility with meeting the needs of our current and future generations while creating comfortable, healthy buildings and communities in which to work and live.
Sumerra’s LEED Accredited Professionals are a technical resource for our clients to inform them of methods to meet green building initiatives, helping the company comply with LEED standards, developing plans for achieving green building certifications, and more.