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.

Image Credit: Flickr - The U.S. Army


Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

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

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson6 years ago

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

Dana W.
Dana W6 years ago

Great news - a step in the right direction.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

A good step in the right direction.

David N.
David N6 years ago

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

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman7 years ago

Very interesting and noted.

Michael Pottorff
Michael P7 years ago

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.

Michael Pottorff
Michael P7 years ago

@ 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.

Philippa P.
Philippa P7 years ago

Good news.