We are people who passionately believe that promoting sustainable buildings and communities transforms the way people live, work, and play. Promoting and building green buildings and neighborhoods will help the economy, the environment, protect the heritage of Rhode Island and ensure that our grandchildren are able to enjoy a better quality of life for generations to come.
As of October 2010, Rhode Island is the first state in the U.S. to recognize the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) as an option for the design and construction of all major public facilities. In 2009 the state passed the Green Buildings Act, which requires all new public projects to be built to LEED Certified standards—with some exceptions. Rhode Island now recognizes IGCC as equivalent to LEED for the purpose of the requirement.
IGCCapplies to commercial buildings—new, existing, traditional and high-performance—and offers ASHRAE Standard 189.1 as an alternative code from which jurisdictions can draw. Rhode Island’s application of the IGCC for public buildings is not the same as using IGCC as the basis for its building code. Recently Richard, Washington, became the first city in the world to adopt IGCC as non-mandatory commercial building code. For more information, visit www.iccsafe.org. – Emily Catacchio
The LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system was jointly developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). LEED-ND aligns the principles of smart growth, New Urbanism and green building into a set of national standards for green planning and design making it the first national system for neighborhood design.
“LEED for Neighborhood Development is potentially the most transformative and powerful tool we have for influencing and establishing holistic and sustainable communities. But we have to use it.
LEED-ND’s inherent power and its beauty begins by integrating its holistic framework into our comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, and subdivision regulations so we can create and guide the sustainable future for the places we call home, neighborhood, community…and earth.”