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Building requirements developed by PCA, IBHS stress durability as well as energy efficiency and other green building requirements
A sustainable building with a higher degree of durability can decrease the amount of materials going to landfills and use of community resources when disasters occur
September 20, 2010
Each year in the United States, more than $35 billion in direct property loss is caused by natural disasters. Yet, while states and municipalities are seeking to adopt ordinances that require “green” or “sustainable” construction, they are overlooking disaster-resistance construction.
To allow local governments to adopt green building codes that address high performance as well as conventional sustainable features, the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) have developed High Performance Building Requirements for Sustainability 2.0. The criteria are written in mandatory language that amends and appends the International Code Council International Building Code (IBC).
The document includes the concepts in most other sustainability or green standards like energy, water and material resource conservation, and indoor air quality while enhancing disaster resistance and setting more stringent durability requirements.
“Using these requirements will give forward-thinking communities not just more efficient buildings, but more sustainable communities that have the ability to resist and recover from disasters when they occur,” said Wanda D. Edwards, PE, IBHS director of building code development.
PCA and IBHS have aligned the provisions with the concepts of both the Whole Building Design Guide (wbdg.org) and High Performance Building Council. Enacting and enforcing these provisions provides the basis for designers and owners to obtain certification as a US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction (LEED-NC).
The criteria are organized by chapter and section consistent with the IBC format and is intentionally limited to issues typically within the purview of the building code and zoning and land use officials. There are no requirements for sole source certification or fees that increase the initial project design cost.
“A sustainable building with a higher degree of durability can decrease the amount of materials going to landfills and use of community resources when disasters occur,” Steve Szoke, PCA director of codes and standards, said. “After Hurricane Katrina, more than 44 million cubic yards of building materials and contents were disposed of in landfills. The PCA/IHBS ordinance provides mandatory requirements for increased resistance to natural disasters with the goal of reducing the number of destroyed buildings and protecting property, and saving human life.”
About the IBHS
IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks to residential and commercial property by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.
Based in Skokie, Ill., the Portland Cement Association represents cement companies in the United States and Canada. It conducts market development, engineering, research, education, and public affairs programs. More information on PCA programs is available at www.cement.org.
Our diversity allows us to innovate with the different facets of sustainability, architecture, engineering, and construction to deliver integrative environments that will be healthy for people and environmentally sustainable for future generations.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 20, 2010
Stanley Chow, AIA, PP, LEED AP BD+C, former Director of LEED® Resource Development at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), announces the launch of CHOW & Company, LLC. The Washington DC-based consulting firm provides professional services in environmental sustainability, LEED implementation, green architecture, construction management, sustainable land-use development, and retail design. CHOW & Company works closely with developers, architects, engineers, planners, and constructors to manage integrated project delivery teams.
With a background deeply rooted in real estate development, Chow recognized the one thing that would make a difference to building owners, real estate developers, tenants, and financial lenders was proving the Return On Investment for green initiatives and LEED certifications.
CHOW & Company is focused on finding the green benefits at every stage of the design, development, and construction process and delivering clients with real ROI opportunities through leading edge integrative and strategic greening.
Chow says “Our diversity allows us to innovate with the different facets of sustainability, architecture, engineering, and construction to deliver integrative environments that will be healthy for people and environmentally sustainable for future generations. As buildings account for a major portion of the energy, resources, and materials depletion on this planet, we can help minimize the environmental damage and reduce carbon footprints, while ensuring the appropriate ROI.” Chow explains that “the investment portion of the ROI is analyzed and presented in financial and environmental terms so clients can be better informed to make critical decisions.”
Chow is a Registered Architect, Professional Planner, and LEED AP BD+C with almost 30 years of diverse experience in sustainability, architecture, construction, and real estate development. While at USGBC, Chow led a specialized team of LEED Accredited Professionals in the development, improvement and maintenance of LEED tools and resources.
Chow was also Vice President of Development at a major real estate investment and development firm in Washington DC, Vice President of Construction at an international retail/entertainment development company based in Baltimore, MD and Director of Development at a McLean, VA development firm.
Chow has managed mixed-use development projects with construction values upwards of $1.2 billion. He is a recognized specialist in retail design, store planning and construction and has held senior leadership positions with national retailers Toys R Us, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Party City, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Best Buy.
CHOW & Company is an active member firm of the U.S. Green Building Council, the American Institute of Architects, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Learn more at CHOWandCompany.com or contact Marcia Karasek at 202.618.0080.