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U.S. Army Officially Adopts Green Building Practices

U.S. Army Officially Adopts Green Building Practices

If you were traveling for the holidays, it’s likely that you missed a very important bit of environmental news: The U.S. Army adopted a new standard for sustainability and green building practices.

U.S. Army officials met in December to discuss the adaptation and implementation of ASHRAE Standard 189.1, a standard for green building and sustainability.

“We are committed to sustainable design and development but our commitment extends far beyond construction and renovation savings,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and the environment (IE&E). “We are on a path to integrating energy and sustainability considerations into our fundamental way of thinking as we progress toward net-zero energy, water and waste in buildings and installations.”

Standard 189.1, published in 2010 by ASHRAE in conjunction with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a total sustainability framework for those who strive to design, build and operate green buildings

The new military policy requires that facility construction projects follow specified requirements and guidance in the standard. These requirements address siting, energy efficiency, cool roofs, metering, storm water management and indoor and outdoor water consumption.

The net effect of the Army’s sustainable design initiative is likely to be immense. The policy applies to all construction and renovation of new buildings and structures in the U.S. territories, permanent overseas Active Army installations, Army Reserve Centers, Army National Guard facilities and Armed Forces Reserve Centers.

The footprint of the existing Army buildings and structures worldwide covers more than 954 million square feet.

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10:45AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Congrats!! Now can you please stop torturing live animals in your training facilities???

11:17AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:11AM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

Fantastic!!...Now if we could get our Congress to grow a brain-cell, we'ld really be on the move!

3:33PM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

Great news - a step in the right direction.

12:31PM PST on Feb 20, 2011

A good step in the right direction.

4:40PM PST on Jan 22, 2011

Thanks for the article. This is great news and a long time coming. It's a step in the right direction.

12:24AM PST on Jan 18, 2011

Very interesting and noted.

7:30AM PST on Jan 17, 2011

This type thing should've started many years ago, but it is good to see it finally happening. Hopefully all military and govt will get with the program.

7:29AM PST on Jan 17, 2011

@ Donald MacDonald, thanx for your wacked out rant. Shows how little class/intelligence you have. If you can't make your (albeit weak) points in an intelligent manner, try the porn blogs. You'll be welcome with open arms.

10:49PM PST on Jan 15, 2011

Good news.

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