Queen Creek’s Green Building Policy, adopted in 2007, commits the Town to finance, plan, design, construct, manage, renovate and maintain its facilities in accordance to with the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and national standards. In adopting this policy, the Town of Queen Creek has set itself apart as a forward-looking, progressive community.
The green building policy applies to new construction and major remodels with square footage exceeding 5,000 square feet. The Queen Creek Library was the first municipal building designed and constructed with green building features. The Town also encourages the private sector to voluntarily apply LEED principles in the design, construction and operation of buildings within Queen Creek.
LEED is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of environmentally friendly buildings. It promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability and encourages global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through universally understood tools and performance criteria. LEED focuses on five areas:
- Sustainable site development
- Water savings
- Energy efficiency
- Materials selection
- Indoor environmental quality.
Benefits of Green Buildings
The benefits of green buildings are numerous. Using sustainable practices in building construction:
- Conserves natural resources
- Improves air and water quality as well as the thermal and acoustic environments within the building
- Reduces solid waste
- Saves costs from reduced energy, water and waste
- Reduces operations and maintenance costs
- Enhances productivity and health for those working in and using the building
- Contributes to overall quality of life