The Las Vegas City Council today adopted the Green Building Program, a new initiative that furthers the city’s commitment to achieving a sustainable community. The city’s program includes a partnership between the city and the Southern Nevada Green Building Partnership, a program of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association and the Green Building Initiative. The program encourages residential developers to bring environmentally sensitive homebuilding to the Las Vegas valley.
Green Building is the process by which environmental and health concerns are considered in every step of the design, construction and operation of the housing project.
Southern Nevada's homebuilding industry complies with all applicable laws and regulations for environmentally sensitive construction, and has further implemented energy, water and other resource efficiency appropriate for this area’s unique desert climate into its building practices. This program will showcase and support these techniques, products and methods as well as encourage other green practices such as indoor environmental quality and homeowner education.
The city’s objective is to support and recognize green building practices within the community and provide homebuilders and homeowners an easily identifiable certification that a house meets its criteria. While this program will initially recognize new residential construction, it is fully expandable to recognize other types of new construction and renovations in the future.
“The city of Las Vegas is committed to creating, integrating and managing orderly and sustainable growth in our community,” said Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman. “So many of our builders are already using energy efficient elements and this new program will help consumers know who those outstanding builders are.”
Through this partnership, residential builders are encouraged to adopt and expand green building practices. Builders who meet the requirements of the program will be certified participants of the city’s Green Building Program. They will be able to use this designation in their marketing materials and will also be listed on the city’s Web site. The city’s program mirrors other efforts such as the Green Building Initiative that encourage and reward environmentally sound priorities.
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