Indianapolis, Vancouver Push Green Building Practices

by Glenn Hasek August 10, 2010 04:12

Indianapolis government leaders, according to IndyStar.com, are making it easier to build green buildings. A new program provides incentives for property owners and developers to renovate or construct new buildings in a sustainable manner. What are the incentives? The program allows for projects built after August 1 to receive up to a 50 percent rebate on building permit fees associated with the green project. The incentives encourage building owners and developers to integrate sustainable design techniques and practices into their projects.

According to the Indianapolis Green Building Incentive Program website, buildings participating in the project must meet criteria principally based on the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The Indianapolis program, however, does not require a building to be LEED registered or LEED certified. 

Indianapolis joins a long list of other cities that either offer incentives to build green or require green building for all new projects. Only a few weeks ago, the City Council in Vancouver, British Columbia, approved a policy that requires all new building rezonings to meet the LEED Gold standard. The change will take effect January 31, 2011.

"By bringing in a LEED Gold standard, we'll reduce our greenhouse gasses, create new job opportunities for our local green building sector, and continue to take a leadership role on urban planning in North America," said Mayor Gregor Robertson. 

Vancouver's new policy supports the Greenest City 2020 goals of leading the world in green building design and construction, as well as creating 20,000 green jobs in Vancouver by 2020.

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Canada Expands LEED to Existing Buildings

by Glenn Hasek June 23, 2009 08:28
If you visit the Canada Green Building Council website, you will discover a list of all of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects throughout Canada. Of the more than 1,200 projects, many include hotels. For example, there are currently Element and aloft hotels under way in Toronto that have registered for LEED certification. Those hotel projects that are listed at the Canada Green Building Council site are only new construction. That may soon change.

On June 10, At the second annual National Green Building Summit, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announced details of the LEED Canada for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance 2009 (LEED Canada EB:O&M) program. Available later this summer, this new rating system will provide ongoing certification on the performance, operations and maintenance of commercial, government and institutional buildings that have either never been LEED certified or that have been certified under other LEED programs such as LEED Canada for New Construction and Major Renovations.

“Examining actual performance and not design expectations, LEED Canada EB:O&M 2009 recognizes the ongoing efforts of building owners and managers to continually improve the performance of their buildings,” said Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the CaGBC. “It also provides those operators with the opportunity to demonstrate to their tenants, occupants and the wider community their ongoing commitment to green buildings.”

The new rating system considers the building as a whole, accounting for both common and tenanted areas. It looks at building exteriors as well as site maintenance programs, the optimized use of water and energy, the commitment to purchasing environmentally-preferred products and food, waste management and recycling programs and continual indoor environmental air quality.

If you own or operate a hotel in Canada, or even if you do not, be sure to check out the Canada Green Building Council's new program. And, be sure to visit Green Lodging News for future updates on LEED Canada EB:O&M.

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Glenn Hasek is the publisher and editor of Green Lodging News. He has more than 20 years of experience writing about the lodging industry. He can be reached at editor@greenlodgingnews.com or by phone at (813) 510-3868.