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Green Building in Alabama

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What green/LEED-certified building projects are planned, under construction, or completed in your Alabama city?

Click here for info about LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Soon construction will begin on another LEED Silver building on NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center built right next to the existing facility. I believe any future buildings on MSFC are to be built at a minimum as LEED certified.

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Soon construction will begin on another LEED Silver building on NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center built right next to the existing facility. I believe any future buildings on MSFC are to be built at a minimum as LEED certified.

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I think Huntsville gonna turn into the front runner as far as building new environmentally friendly buildings. Birmingham'll probably give north Alabama a run for it's money though.

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Green building techniques are the focus of a two-day conference April 9-10 at the Convention Center in Mobile. The GreenCoast conference was born after local organizers realized Mobile was about to undergo a major building boom, and wanted to make smart, green-designed buildings a real option in the area.

The newly completed White-Spunner Construction headquarters off I-65 is one of the first local buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, and is currently the only such project in Alabama south of Birmingham. Hopefully this conference will lead to many more green building projects in south Alabama.

From the conference website:

GreenCoast will feature interactive education sessions on commercial and residential design and construction as well as public topics related to sustainability.

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LEED guidelines for homes were released in January, and a Birmingham architect is renovating a Homewood home that will be the first LEED certified house in Alabama. The architect is learning how to achieve LEED certification so that he can recommend it to his clients. LEED building adds about 20 percent to the cost of a project.

LEED building is expensive, but hopefully it will catch on soon across the state.

Homewood house at the forefront for going green

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The 4-story office building (one company on each floor)

under construction in Tuscaloosa's downtown/riverfront area reportedly

meets LEED "silver" standards.

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