What is green building?
The phrase green building is used as both a noun and a verb. As a noun, green building represents a physical structure that exists as a result of environmentally friendly design and the construction process. As a verb, green building seeks to increase the efficiency of energy, water and materials use in buildings (both residential and commercial) and to reduce their environmental and health impacts. Properly applied green standards can improve health, save energy and water, and reduce waste.
What is the difference between green building and green development?
A green building is exactly what it sounds like, a building that has been made "green." This can apply to a residence or a commercial building. A green development consists of an entire project, whether it is a residential community or a commercial development project. A residential development project, for instance, may be developed using "green building" practices that demand fewer non-renewable resources and provide a healthier environment for residents.
What is sustainability?
Sustainability is preserving a certain condition or way of life and can be used in reference to just about anything. However, in the case of building, sustainability is another word used to describe the practice of developing and building with a responsibility to the environment and to the community.
What is LEED®?
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
What makes a building green?
To make a building green one must follow a structured set of guidelines to earn certification such as those set by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). In the case of USGBC, for each green feature incorporated into the home, points are awarded. Homes that acquire a minimum number of points qualify to receive the green home designation.
What are the economic benefits of green building?
Studies suggest that green construction can result in significant economic savings by improving employee productivity, increasing benefits from improvements in health and safety and providing savings from energy, maintenance and operational costs over the life of the building. Additionally, people are often surprised to learn that green buildings often cost little or no more to build than conventional designs.
Is there anything I can do to "green" my existing home?
There are many things you can do to begin the greening process. For example, you could: • Replace older fixtures with new water conserving fixtures

• Use no or low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints, finishes and carpets
• Select air filters with high MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) scores
• Select recycled content, renewable, healthy and environmentally friendly materials
• Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. They last seven or eight
years and use less energy.
• When replacing air-conditioning equipment purchase SEER 14 or higher equipment with a
variable speed air-handler
• Replace hot water heaters and appliances with high efficiency ENERGY STAR® appliances
• Plant native trees and bushes in front of windows to cut down on direct sunlight.

Now more than ever, there are many choices that will save you money, protect your health and save the environment.
What is a zero energy home?
A zero energy home produces as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year using renewable resources. For example, pay attention to how the home is situated on the lot, use better building materials such as such as triple-glazed windows and more insulation, select an efficient lighting and appliances scheme, be sure heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems are properly sized, and include renewable energy sources like solar electric and solar hot water.

What is important to remember, is that even if you can't do a zero energy home, if you cut your consumption down by 10 percent, you are helping.
With in the state of Florida, Dr. Languell has proven to be a key leader, if not the foremost leader in educating the homebuilding industry and homebuyers about the benefits of Green Building. ...Since she is also a contractor... she is also very awareof the concerns that a builder may have." -David Ellis, Executive V.P., Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association