What makes a process a “sustainable” building process?

Unsustainable building practices are ones that are a major source of greenhouse gas emission, do not conserve energy, water or building materials and that result in degradation of the environment. A process is sustainable when it meets the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

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1. Why do we need an amendment to the building code?
2. What makes a process a “sustainable” building process?
3. What is USGBC, LEED, NAHB, and ICC 700?
4. What will change in the Building Process?
5. How much does it cost and how long does it take?
6. What benefits do I get? Will I save money? Will I add to the value of my home? How does this benefit the community?
7. What if I am doing a smaller renovation or addition?
8. When does this program begin?
9. Who awards my Certificate of Occupancy?