Green Building

What Is a “Green” Building?
While there are many different definitions of what a green building is, according to the U.S. Green Building Council, a green building is defined as: 

A holistic concept that starts with the understanding that the built environment can have profound effects, both positive and negative, on the natural environment, as well as the people who inhabit buildings every day. Green building is an effort to amplify the positive and mitigate the negative of these effects throughout the entire life cycle of a building1. 

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Building For a Better Future
The Town’s adopted Climate Action Plan includes several measures to reduce emissions from buildings. The Town’s support of green building is intended to improve public health, safety, and general welfare through enhanced design and construction of buildings, using concepts which reduce negative impact, and promote principles which have a positive environmental impact and encourage sustainable construction principles. 

A green building is generally accepted as the planningdesignconstruction, and operations of buildings with several central, foremost considerations: energy usewater useindoor environmental qualitymaterial selection, and the building's effects on its site.