Sustainable Building Construction

Note: The information here is a work in progress. If you have any suggestions or want to join our groups please contact the focus group facilitator. We will update this after each focus group meeting.

Sustainable Building Construction

Sustainable building construction is a comprehensive movement in architectural and building circles aimed at creating structures that are occupant and environment friendly that focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource use — energy, water, and materials and employs techniques to minimize adverse environmental impacts and reduce the energy consumption of a building while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building's lifecycle, through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal. Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to both a structure and the application of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. The Green Building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, comfort, sustainability, energy efficiency and healthfulness. A green building is designed to be ecologically correct by using resources efficiently, using internal recycling, renewable energy sources, recyclable or biodegradable construction materials, and blending in with the local environment, particularly in out-of-town locations.

Current Priorities

Priority A: Innovation Center
An innovation center for the development and testing of new products and practices related to sustainable building construction and land development.

Priority B: Citizen Education
An education effort addressing the lifespan, consumption, and maintenance of buildings and their materials. This project would encourage property owners to adopt sustainable and energy efficient practices that save money and reduce wasteful energy use. Citizens would be taught what they need to address in their home to reduce energy use and prolong building lifespan, how to capitalize on programs like Act 129 for funding infrastructure updates, and what materials to use to reduce waste and harm to the environment (including how to properly dispose of old materials).


Contributing Members:

  • Vera Bonnet
  • Linda Gibson
  • Kate Geiger
  • Michelle Reefer
  • Brandon Vick
  • Denise Jennings-Doyle
  • David Janusek
  • Gerald Smith
  • Tom Borellis
  • Heather Harr
  • Trinity Martz
  • Hannah Uschock
  • Richard Rinkus