Planners Contemplate Eco-Friendly Neighborhoods

Urban planners are now envisioning the possibility of eco-friendly neighborhoods. This includes both commercial and residential neighborhoods. By redesigning neighborhoods, urban planners may circumvent an energy crisis in the future. By building more energy efficient shops, offices, homes and apartments, new neighborhoods will consume less power and waste less energy.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is an initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). A new certification process looks for ways to increase the use of sustainable construction materials to create green buildings. The basic philosophy of the USGBC is that the construction of a building contributes to the surrounding neighborhood. Their rating system is a way to measure the percentage of sustainable materials used in construction projects.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a government financial plan to help both home and business owners pay for green buildings. By focusing on renewable energy, it will increase energy efficiency in buildings and in neighborhoods.

PACE has the potential to create:

• Thousands of local jobs.
• Slash energy bills.
• Bring down the risk of mortgage defaults.
• Cut down greenhouse gas emissions.

How Neighborhoods Can Become More Energy Efficient

Like all infrastructures, green buildings need to use up heat, electricity, and water, and how efficiently and cleanly this is done will affect the psychological well-being and physical health of its occupants. If the occupants work in a building as employees, it will improve their productivity, and if they live in it as residents, it will improve their health and well-being. Green buildings have already demonstrated a 26% drop in energy consumption and a 33% drop in greenhouse gas emissions. Urban planners are now wondering about how using renewable energy from biomass, hydropower, wind power, and solar power can further improve the power generation of a building while reducing environmental impact.

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