Green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings use energy, water, and materials, and of reducing impacts on human health and the environment for the entire lifecycle of a building. Green building concepts extend beyond the walls of buildings and include site planning, community, and land use planning issues as well. Green building is necessary because the growth and development of our communities has a large impact on our natural environment.
The manufacturing, design, construction and operation of the buildings in which we live and work are responsible for the consumption of many of our natural resources. Norcross adopted a green building policy in 2010 that requires all new buildings and renovations of government facilities to be constructed under the rules and regulations of either LEED, ENERGY STAR, and/or EarthCraft. In addition, Norcross offers incentives for density bonuses, green building materials, and structured parking within the Buford Highway District.
The City of Norcross is certified under the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Green Communities program and is one of only several Platinum-level Green Communities in metro Atlanta. Below, see how Norcross is doing on completing ARC Green Communities measures around green building:
|ENERGY STAR/EarthCraft Policy||12||5||Yes|
|ENERGY STAR/EarthCraft Renovation Policy||13||5||Yes|
|Green Building Incentives||14||5||Yes|
|Green Affordable Housing Incentives||17||5||No|