There is an increasing awareness of the impact of buildings on the environment and the need to drive innovation and design to create higher performing living spaces. Individuals and the community in general must take a leadership role in demanding and/or creating solutions that reduce or eliminate the environmental footprint on our planet.

High performance buildings are designed to make an efficient use of natural resources, lessen and control environmental loadings, and improve the indoor environment by choosing the right materials that will enhance comfort and indoor air quality while proving to be designed with the environment in mind.

Solid surfacing and quartz materials provide functionality, performance, and aesthetics that enhance buildings and homes.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the impact of buildings on the environment, as well as define green building and why it is so relevant today.
  • Understand the role of solid surface and quartz surface materials in high performance buildings.
  • Describe what the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® program is and how solid surface materials may contribute to obtaining points.
  • List other national Green Guidelines and Standards for Green Buildings.