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Introduction and Overview

(A)

(C)

Figure 1.2

The Robert Redford Building,

offices of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Santa Monica, Califor- nia, is one of the first Platinum-certified buildings under the USGBC’s LEED build- ing assessment standard. (A) The front ele- vation shows its urban setting and its close connection to the street and the adjoining farmer’s market; (B) rear elevation; (C) inte-

rior second-floor lightwell. (Photographs courtesy of the NRDC.)

(B)

year, NAHB committed to take their green home guidelines through an ANSI con- sensus process, and organizations including the American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), National Institutes of Building Sciences (NIBS), and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) have all announced their intention to promulgate high performance or sus- tainable building standards. GBI’s Green Globes system, originally developed in Canada and one of the newcomers to contribute a commercial building rating sys- tems to the market, is undergoing a technical review by GBI’s ANSI technical com- mittee. GBI expects to promulgate Green Globes as an ANSI standard in 2008.

Organization

This book describes the high-performance green building delivery system, a rapidly emerging building delivery system that satisfies the owner while addressing sustain- ability considerations of economic, environmental, and social impact, from design through the end of the building’s life cycle. A building delivery system is the process

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