With the oil disaster in the Gulf, “green energy” and energy conservation efforts have received some much overdue attention. For families, helpful tips like how to save money heating and cooling and your home and how to save money on utilities with emerging technology. However, there hasn’t been a whole lot of information for the local government and business environment. Well, the EPA recently addressed the need to “go green” by releasing the “Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments”.
Yes, it’s long on title, but it’s also filled with useful information local governments can use to research and implement energy saving measures into new local building projects. Good for the environment and energy conservation, “sustainable design” is also another means to address long term savings in local budgets.
According to a news release posted by the EPA, “The Toolkit is designed to assist local governments in identifying and removing permitting barriers to sustainable design and green building practices. It provides a resource for communities interested in conducting their own internal evaluation of how local codes/ordinances either facilitate or impede a sustainable built environment, including the design, construction, renovation, and operation and maintenance of a building and its immediate site.”
You can download the Toolkit directly from the EPA at: www.epa.gov/region4/recycle/green-building-toolkit.pdf