Sustainability

High Performance Buildings

 

MAHG Architecture, a firm member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is a leader in LEED certified projects.
 
For example, the 86,000 square foot King Elementary School is pursuing LEED Gold certification. The first LEED for Schools 2009 certified school in Arkansas.
 
MAHG has another project, the Van Buren Public Library which used Sustainable principles in the design of the facility such as building orientation and daylight harvesting. The owner elected not to pursue LEED certification.
 
MAHG Architecture is committed to sustainable practices within the design process.

LEED Certifications

Building Green

 

Today, around the world, there is an unprecedented level of interest and effort focused on implementing “green” designs for sustainable buildings.
 
This extraordinary movement is in reaction to several important facts regarding the impact of buildings on the world’s environment. Experts estimate that by themselves, buildings consume:
    • 40% of the world’s energy
    • 40% of the world’s virgin materials 
At the same time, it is estimated that buildings produce:
    • 40% of all global waste 
    • 40% of all greenhouse gases 
By improving how we design and construct new buildings and how we remodel existing buildings, we can greatly reduce their environmental impact.

A worldwide Movement

 

In the United States, the movement is being driven by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which has developed a national standard for sustainable building design, known as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
 
Through LEED, the USGBC offers a set of well-documented, scientifically proven performance criteria and a point system for attainment of LEED certification. 

It is important to recognize that LEED certification requires the building designer to incorporate “green technology” in many areas of the structure and that certification cannot be attained through the use of any single technology or product.
 
Rather, a holistic approach to the building’s overall design is required.
 
FROM LEED CERTIFICATION GUIDE, UNITED STATES GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL