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August 23
What’s in Your Toolbox? Growing the Green Building Economy

Written by Therese Dorau, NACo Program Manager.


County governments can support local construction economies and meet growing demand for green buildings with thoughtfully designed policies, mandatory codes and voluntary incentive programs. Two upcoming webinars will cover these important topics.  

Updating Your County’s Green Building Toolbox 
Thursday September 5th, 2013, 2:00-3:15 PM ET
Register HERE
Grow Your County’s Green Building Industry: Policies, Codes and Incentives
Thursday November 21st, 2013, 2:00-3:15 PM ET
Register HERE

​​Building green provides many benefits:


  • efficient operations leading to reduced building maintenance cost,
  • higher property value,
  • increased rental income, 
  • comfortable and healthy spaces,
  • creation of skilled jobs,
  • economic development and more.

Benefits like these, visualized in the Venn diagram below, can be realized through existing building renovations and new construction projects alike.

Capitalizing on demand for these benefits, the green building industry continues to grow rapidly. To keep up, well-respected organizations develop standards, guidelines and tools to ensure that green buildings actually perform better than standard buildings and are operated at maximum efficiency. Many are familiar with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), but may not know which tools complement or compete with the program. Additionally, green building tools are often designed for a specific building sector, such as residential, commercial, or K-12 school, or focus primarily on energy. These tools are regularly updated as technology and research improves.

With such a wide variety of tools, each with pros and cons, how can a county leader decide which is best for their community? Once the right tools are selected, what types of policies, codes or incentives will be most effective? What is the difference between a standard and a code, anyway?


Green Building Toolbox Diagram.jpg 
World Green Building Council

The Green Government Initiative fall webinar series will dig deeper into these questions. Leveraging some of the most knowledgeable national expertise, the first webinar will provide a high-level overview of the best-available building rating systems, standards, and model codes, highlighting recent updates. Then, tapping into NACo members’ own experiences, the second webinar will share best practices and common pitfalls of implementing county strategies, and highlight counties where these approaches are being piloted. 


 NACo would love to hear from you! Email to share your county’s success or process in growing the green building economy in your community.


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