U.S. Army Officially Adopts 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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