Rocky Mount: Green and in the LEED

"Green-mania" has come to eastern North Carolina, as the City of Rocky Mount positions itself for unprecedented growth in the green market. Tax incentives and LEED certification assist developers to go green.
By: Appian Consulting Engineers, PA
 
June 2, 2009 - PRLog -- From the White House to MTV, people everywhere are “going green.”

“Green” is the new buzzword in design, construction and marketing, as property owners and developers attempt to balance the needs of people, profit, and the planet.  The exponential growth in green building seems to be largely due to the unprecedented level of government initiatives and tax-rebate incentives, availability of sustainable building materials, and media coverage of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Certification.

“Mixed into the recent Wall Street bailouts are tax incentives and credits to support alternative transportation and energy,” says citiesgogreen.com.  “From $20 a month to reimburse bicycling employees, to a maximum $7,500 credit for electric cars, to an uncapped 30 percent credit for renewable energy installations (good through 2016), which homeowners, commercial enterprises and utilities can cash in on as well, there is plenty to be happy about on the green front.  By 2016 green jobs are predicted to grow by about 400,000 nationwide.”  

The value of green building construction is projected to increase to $60 billion nationwide by 2010, with the green building products market projected to be worth $30-$40 billion annually by the same year, other reports say.

Green has come to town:  in 2006 Rocky Mount, NC, had 166 “green jobs,” with 1,315 new jobs expected in the next 30 years.  The City has registered with NC Governor-Elect Bev Perdue’s “Cool City Assistance Initiative,” and is one of more than 900 cities participating in the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement, positioning the City for grants for advancing renewable energy.  

There is a tremendous push for recognition of a developer’s implementation of green strategies, as indicated by the explosive growth of LEED by the U.S. Green Building Council.  The USGBC is an internationally recognized non-profit community of 17,700 member organizations working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.  The USGBC has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, which is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.  

LEED is the “Olympics for buildings,” awarding achievement with Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum awards for buildings meeting a recognized standard.  While there are several paths to obtain LEED recognition, including New Construction, Existing Buildings, Commercial Interiors, Schools and Homes, there are five basic categories in which points are awarded to building projects meeting the given criteria: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.

Green building is expected to continue to grow even during the current economic circumstances.  A turbulent economy stimulates reprioritizing, restructuring and rethinking, and people are more and more thinking… green.


David C. Revoir, PE, is a civil engineer at Appian Consulting Engineers, PA, in Rocky Mount, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.  Appian, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, is a dynamic team of engineers and designers providing Civil, Structural and Municipal Engineering for local, regional and national clients.   For more information call 252.972.7703 or see www.AppianEngineers.com

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Appian is a team of civil, structural and environmental engineers that has been serving local, regional and national clients for more than 22 years. Services include: sustainable design, LEED consultation, construction managment and more.
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