Sustainability is defined as the ability to meet the needs of the current generation without having a negative impact on future generations in most cases, as it pertains to the environment. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the best way for the architecture and construction industry to ensure sustainability. Spacesaver Interiors is committed to sustainable space design. As our team researches this evolving and important standard, we often refer to the websites and resources listed for inspiration and up-to-date information.
BIFMA International http://levelcertified.org/
When it comes to having a green environment, does your office stack up? Level is a third party certification program that will get you the answer. Their website serves two purposes: to help businesses evaluate their own practices, assessing social actions, energy use, material selection, and health and human impact; and it offers a database of products and services that are already certified.
Green Building News http://www.greenbuildingnews.com/
This monthly newsletter “provides product news and business information for a number of different vertical markets” within the areas of industrial, transportation, public, education, commercial, healthcare, R&D, and hospitality facilities, and caters to architects, facility managers and contractors.
The National BIM Standard-United States http://www.nationalbimstandard.org/
“A BIM is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. As such it serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its lifecycle from inception onward.” If implemented, nearly every piece of information that an owner needs about a facility throughout its life can be made available electronically.
The U.S. Green Building Council http://www.usgbc.org/
The USGBC is leading the way in resetting the standard by which all construction, building and community development takes place. With the use of LEED, 1.5 million square feet per day are being certified by their benchmark standard of what a business needs to do to be considered ‘green’. They are LEED certify professionals in the industry, to support green growth, provide educational opportunities, and are advocates for the movement.
Natural Resources Defense Council http://www.nrdc.org
This council is a grassroots environmental action group, and not to be taken lightly! The group includes over 500 lawyers, scientists and 2 million members who support their activity. Priorities include curbing global warming, reviving the world’s oceans, defending endangered wildlife, protecting our health by preventing pollution, ensuring safe and sufficient water and fostering sustainable communities.
National Institute of Building Sciences http://www.nibs.org/
A non-profit, non-governmental organization authorized by US Congress to be an authoritative source for candid conversations between public and private sector within the built environment. They successfully bring representatives of every aspect of construction together to address and solve the problems that face the industry today.