Frederick County's Green Building Goals
From the Sustainable Action Plan for county operations, August 26, 2010:
Ensure that county building projects implement strategies that enhance environmental performance and fiscal efficiencies.
Encourage sustainable design in private sector developments to facilitate a positive environmental legacy for Frederick County
Leadership in Green Building Practices
Frederick County government is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and has 1 LEED-AP and 3 LEED-Green Associates on staff.
The county registered the Brunswick Library in the USGBC's LEED for new construction rating system. The library is expected to obtain the Silver rating this year. View a case study on the library.
Catoctin Creek Nature Center
Frederick County implemented green building practices at the Nature Center, located in the Jefferson vicinity. The facility features a vegetated roof, geothermal well field and heat pump system, native plant landscaping, and environmental education programs. View a case study on the nature center.
Green Building Initiative
Green building is a movement to alter the design, planning, construction, and operation of buildings in order to make them more sustainable and environmentally-friendly. Green building methods are varied in scope and effect. Elements of green building may include site design and layout, landscaping, water and energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, waste and recycling, procurement, commissioning and occupant health.
Importance of Green Buildings
The practice of green building seeks to find and encourage better and more responsible approaches to construction and renovation. Contrary to popular belief, using green building practices isn't always more expensive than conventional methods, and can be less expensive in the long run. Green building practices often lead to lower operational and maintenance costs, higher human productivity, reduced environmental degradation, and improved indoor environmental quality.