The Green Features
The term "green design" has a wide range of definitions, from a holistic approach to design and construction to more specific technologies or strategies. Within this spectrum, green building design strives to balance environmental responsibility, resource efficiency, occupant comfort and well-beintg, and community sensitivity.
In 1993, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) was formed and the search for a system to rate and qualify "green" buildings began. After researching and analyzing several successful European systems, the design to create a separate U.S. green building system was made. The first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Desgin) pilot program, launched in 1998, has since evolved into a comprehensive program that is recognized and implemented by design professionals all over the country.
The Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center is LEED Certified. The building is now placed on the USGBC's website as a case study for future project teams seeking certification.
LEED certification focuses on site sustainability, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials and resources, and the quality of the indoor environment. See how the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center meets the criteria in these five primary areas:
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy & Atmosphere
- Materials & Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
The Ohio 4-H program, under the direction of Lincoln Street Studio, Turner Construction Company, and the Ohio State University Office of Facilities, Operations & Development emerged as a leader on campus to bring the first green building design to the forefront of many discussions.