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Extension Joins Operation Green Team for Earth Day 2014 Celebration

​Alabama Extension’s Urban Affairs and New … Nontraditional Programs Unit is partnering with the... more

Sweet Corn Production

Sweet corn is a great crop in a home garden and a very popular … ... more

Protecting the Waterfront

How we take care of our properties can have a positive or negative effect on the bodies of water around... more

First Issue of the 2014 Alabama IPM Communicator is Now Online

​The Alabama IPM Communicator Newsletter is about pest management and sustainable agriculture. Topics in this issue include an introduction with... more

Register now for the Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Tradeshow

​The Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association invites you to an exciting 2-day event. The AFVG Conference and Tradeshow will... more

​19th Annual Beekeeping Symposium Set for Feb. 1 at Auburn University

Cooperative Extension System will hold the 19th Annual Beekeeping Symposium Saturday, … Feb. ... more

Extension Partners with Rehab Center for Second E-Waste Recycling Drive

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) electronic waste (e-waste) is growing at three times the rate... more

Citronelle Producers Learn the Basics about Small Ruminant and Environmental Sustainability

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System offered a series of basic management workshops across the state to educate animal producers on... more

Consumers Returning to Pressure Cooking and Canning to Prepare Game Meat

​Through her work as an Alabama Cooperative Extension System food … safety agent, Janice... more

Bibb-Chilton Regional Recycling Project Provides New Opportunities for Residents

Residents of Bibb and Chilton counties now have new opportunities to recycle household waste. Thanks to the Bibb-Chilton Regional Recycling... more


Building Green: What Does it Mean?

Building a House

Those planning to build or buy an office building or home are faced with new terminology—green building. As builders and contractors address the desire of their customers to protect the environment, green building is increasingly becoming a feature of construction practices.

Building with green guidelines has environmental and financial benefits. These guidelines produce structures that consume less energy, less water, and fewer, less wasteful construction materials, promoting the efficient use of resources and providing lower operating costs. Some certification program guidelines also focus on the human health aspects of buildings, improving indoor air quality by using fewer toxic compounds during the construction process.

While green building construction costs may be somewhat higher than those of traditional methods, they are offset by lower operation and maintenance costs over the life of the building and by the high demand for green buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council estimates that buildings constructed using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system have an 8 to 9 percent reduction in operating costs, a 7.5 percent increase in value, a 3.5 percent increase in occupancy, and a 3 percent increase in rent. more...