When it comes to commercial buildings someone has to set the parameters and standards that measure its energy consumption efficiency, total gas emissions, organic content, etc – in plain English: How “Green” is your Building.
So here are the heavyweight leaders that define how green buildings are built and rated:
LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is intended to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.
NABERS – National Australian Built Environment Rating System, is an Australian government initiative to measure and compare the environmental performance of buildings and tenancies. There are NABERS rating tools for commercial office buildings to measure greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste efficiency and indoor environment quality.
A key feature of this program is the use of independent ‘Accredited Assessors’ to conduct ratings and certifications
GREEN STAR – The Green Star rating system developed by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), is a national, voluntary measuring tool that evaluates the environmental design and construction of buildings. It aims to encourage the adoption of green building practices, technologies, design practices and operations into mainstream design, construction and building operations Using the Green Star rating system, the GBCA evaluates the environmental performance of a building under nine separate categories :
Materials / Management / Indoor Environment Quality
Energy / Transport / Water
Land Use and Ecology / Emissions / Innovation
Green Points are earned in each of these categories, which are then added to determine the overall Green Star rating. With a recycled content of 30% , low VOC and zero ODP, spray applied Thermacoustic TC 417 and AF 90 and especially useful in earning valuable points towards the attainment of the green ratings.