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"The design, construction, and maintenance of buildings has a tremendous impact on our environment and our natural resources. There are more than 76 million residential buildings and nearly 5 million commercial buildings in the U.S. today. These buildings together use one-third of all the energy consumed in the U.S., and two-thirds of all electricity. By the year 2010, another 38 million buildings are expected to be constructed. The challenge will be to build them smart, so they use a minimum of nonrenewable energy, produce a minimum of pollution, and cost a minimum of energy dollars, while increasing the comfort, health, and safety of the people who live and work in them." - Smart Communities Network, U.S. Dept. of Energy 

"Green Buildings" designed for sustainable use of energy are expanding across Ohio, as well as the nation.  Green Energy Ohio encourages energy efficiency and clean energy as part of this growing architectural and construction business.  Green buildings make sense for Ohio's economy, as well as improving Ohio's environment.

Million Solar Roofs High Performance Solar Buildings Workshop in February 2006 considered residential, commerical and school building applications for solar electric for LEED or green buildings.  Speakers at this Cincinnati event illustrated examples of BIPV in Ohio and across the U.S.

Discover more about Green Buildings in the Ohio Environmental Council's (OEC)
2004 Issue Primer: "Cleaner Energy - Green Building Standards" including an overview of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

GEO Board Member, architect David Panich presented an overview of Green Buildings at the September 18, 2004 Southeast Ohio Clean Energy Community Workshop.

See a current list of LEED buildings registered in Ohio with links to the U.S. Green Building Council for more information for each building across the state.

Read about the nation's first LEED-certified supermarket in Cleveland.

Green Building Groups in Ohio

Cincinnati Chapter, U.S. Green Building Council

Cleveland Green Building Coalition

Columbus Green Building Forum

More Green Building Internet Resources

AIA/COTE 2004 National Top Ten Green Projects

Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance Building Solutions Summit 2004

The Green Building Alliance (GBA), Pittsburgh held a Building Solutions Summit 2004 was a day-long program in the Spring of 2004.  This event targeted building owners, developers, financiers, facility managers and brokers, addressed the real impacts of operating decisions on the bottom line and provided insight on how to attain cost-effective results.