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THE LEED GUIDELINES: A FRAMEWORK FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF GREEN BUILDINGS AND SITES

by HECK, GREGORY BRYAN

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A future with a diminishing supply of nonrenewable resources is raising concerns in every aspect of our lives. The phrase ‘sustainable’ or ‘green’ development is being used to describe a wide variety of issues that take these concerns into consideration during the planning, design, and implementation process. In an effort to increase the number of green buildings developed throughout the country the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) established the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Guidelines. The guidelines are a framework which assists members of a development team to quantify whether or not a project is in fact ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’. The guidelines provide a step by step approach within several categories associated with green development. The goals of this paper will be to explore how the guidelines have already been implemented on a city level in an effort to encourage the development of green buildings. Along with an understanding of how the guidelines have been used to promote green development, there will be a discussion of what the potential benefits of green development would be if implemented on a county level and why such practices have not already occurred.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:green building leed guidelines sustainable architecture development

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Date of Publication:01/01/2003

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