Science Inventory

PLACE-BASED GREEN BUILDING: INTEGRATING LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND PLANNING ANALYSIS INTO GREEN BUILDING GUIDELINES

Impact/Purpose:

Essentially, this project addresses two questions: First, how can environmental analysis be used to make the design of buildings more sensitive to local environmental concerns? Second, given finite financial resources, is it more environmentally and cost effective to channel resources for green buildings to one or several key areas instead of spreading resources over many different features of green buildings?

The specific objectives of Phase I of this P3 project are to: (1) research national and local green building programs; (2) analyze environmental, land use, and social conditions in Auburn, Alabama; (3) determine how features of green buildings can adapt to local environmental, land use, and social conditions; (4) develop place-based green building guidelines for Auburn; and (5) develop a program for adapting local regulations to and providing incentives for buildings under the place-based green building guidelines.

Description:

This project will develop a model for place-based green building guidelines based on an analysis of local environmental, social, and land use conditions. The ultimate goal of this project is to develop a methodology and model for placing green buildings within their local context that can be transferred to other communities throughout the world. It will provide the basis for making objective decisions about where financial investments in green buildings will have the most environmental impact.

URLs/Downloads:

Final Progress Report

Record Details:

Record Type: PROJECT (ABSTRACT)
Start Date: 08/01/2007
Completion Date: 03/31/2008
Record ID: 201225

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH