A "green" building generally means that it is energy efficient and/or made from sustainable materials. A building does not need to be certified as "green" in order to incorporate aspects of sustainable building and site development. There are a variety of site planning techniques, energy and water efficiency measures, and landscaping designs that can all add to the longevity and efficiency of a building.
If a developer chooses to certify the building, one of the most commonly recognized systems is the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) third-party rating system, called Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED). LEED standards are used to determine the level of sustainability and efficiency of a building, the development location, and its surroundings. This system is used to recognize private and public buildings who apply for this program as with a designation of LEED Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. The Village does not currently have a requirement to construct new buildings to LEED standards, but Village Codes do encourage green building and site development principles.
Several community businesses have chosen to build green in Hoffman Estates. To learn more about these businesses and get the latest development news, click HERE. If you are interested in installing wind or solar fixtures on your property, visit our Energy page for more details.
Learn more about how the Village is taking steps to prolong the life and increase the efficiency of Village buildings on our Village Facilities green page.