Hampton Falls, NH (PressExposure) May 01, 2011 -- The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization composed of leaders from across the building industry working to advance buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Driving its mission to transform the built environment is the Council's LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification system. LEED is a third party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED is accessible on-line and supported by a robust LEED Workshop program and the LEED Professional Accreditation program.
USGBC supports a rich education and research agenda, including Greenbuild - the largest international conference & expo focused on green building. The Council also supports an aggressive education and advocacy program delivered at the local level through 78 chapters and affiliates across the U.S.
Since its founding in 1993, USGBC has been focused on fulfilling the building and construction industry's vision for its own transformation to high-performance green building. Today, it includes more than 15,700 member companies and organizations. In testament to its leadership, in the past five years alone, USGBC's membership has quadrupled and over 3.6 billion square feet of building space are involved with the LEED program. The annual U.S. market in green building products and services was over $7 billion in 2005 and is now over $12 billion.
Industry-led and consensus-driven, the Council is as diverse as the marketplace it serves. Membership includes building owners and end-users, real estate developers, facility managers, architects, designers, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, product and building system manufacturers, government agencies, and nonprofits. Leaders from within each of these sectors participate in the development of the LEED certification system and the direction of the Council through volunteer service on USGBC's open committees.
"It is an honor and a pleasure to serve on the board of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) New Hampshire Chapter," noted Jeff Hiatt, managing member Performance Business Solutions, LLC. He added, "The organization is making great strides in communicating an environmentally sound message to the building community and creating a forum to exchange ideas and methods to create buildings that are environmentally friendly, profitable to manage and healthy, safe places to live and work."