By Carol McCracken
Portland has approved a green building resolution that requires all municipally owned new construction and major renovations to adhere to LEED Silver standard. The standard seeks to meet the energy and carbon reduction goals of the Architecture 2030 Challenge.
“The climate is changing faster now then at any time in the past 500,000 years. The public wants change – is demanding change – and cities must take the lead to make it happen,” said Mayor Jill Duson. “Since buildings are the single largest contributor to carbon emissions to the earth’s atmosphere, it makes sense for us to reach our carbon reduction goals by targeting buildings,” she added. Portland is the first city to sign onto the Governor’s Carbon Challenge.
The U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit based in Washington, D.C., developed the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. LEED can be applied to all types of buildings, public and private.
LEED certified buildings use an average of 32% less electricity, 26% less natural gas and 36% less total energy than standard buildings.
“Avesta Housing has adopted green building guidelines because it is the ‘responsible’ way to do developments and applauds Portland’s similar goals,” stated Avesta Housing’s Dana Totman.