The ultimate green building certification
- Responsible Site Selection – This includes not building on prime farmland, on a flood plain, or next to sensitive ecological habitats.
- Limits to Growth – Projects may only be built on previously developed sites.
- Habitat Exchange – An acre for acre habitat exchange must be set up. A four-acre property must have four acres designated as a non-development area for at least 100 years.
- Net Zero Energy – Onsite renewable energy must account for 100% of a building’s net energy use, annually.
- Materials Red List – A project may not use any product or chemical on the Red List. This includes neoprene, lead, mercury, phthalates, and more.
- Construction Carbon Footprint – The building owner will need to purchase carbon offsets specific to the type of construction and size of the building.
- Responsible Industry – Wood must be FSC certified, salvaged, or onsite harvested timber.
- Appropriate Materials/Services Radius – Material must be sourced within a specific distance and this distance varies depending by product. For example, heave materials must be sourced within a 250-mile radius while renewable energy technologies have a 9,000-mile maximum.
- Leadership in Construction Waste – A minimum percentage of construction waste needs to be diverted from landfills.
- Net Zero Water – Water use must come from rainwater capture or closed loop water systems.
- Sustainable Water Discharge – All storm water must be handled onsite.
- A Civilized Environment – If a space in the building can be occupied, it must have a working window.
- Healthy Air: Source Control – This prerequisite manages chemicals, paints, adhesives, and more.
- Healthy Air: Ventilation – Buildings must meet California Title 24 requirements.
- Beauty and Spirit – Part of the building design needs to be purely for the aesthetic pleasure of visitors and employees.
- Inspiration and Education - The building must be open to the public at least one day per year and educational materials must be available.
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