Spartan Whole Life Living Designs
Spartan traces simple green building and design concepts back to Greeks, Romans, Egyptians.
Founded 13 years ago, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) established LEED in response to a perceived need that specific and determined standards and third-party verification be required in order for structures to be considered “green,” or environmentally friendly. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program focused primarily on new, commercial-building projects and based upon a points system.
The more points you earn, the higher your rating. Acquisition of LEED status can require significantly higher upfront expenditure on the part of a corporation or builder, but also may yield massive cost savings over time in the form of Net Zero Energy concepts, tax breaks, higher equity values, and higher rents as well as other perks.
Globally there are less than 15,000 structures worldwide that have LEED certification. The incentive to achieve LEED means that you have made your living environment as near to perfect for fresh air, low radon gas, carbon monoxide, no mold, led dust, more sunlight in the building using daylighting. LED lighting with room sensors to behave as you have programmed them to turn on lights, open the shades, and turn on HVAC system. Will this help reduce global warming by itself probably not, but no but if all new buildings were LEED?
What it clearly can do, however, is provide a definitive LEED points framework within which builders can operate as a standard results, when Certified / Platinum is the goal, and also incite greater use of environmentally friendly measures like installation of low-flow water systems, better ventilation, geothermal heating and cooling, natural daylighting, and development of your local habitat and landscaping with the right soils, drainage, water cisterns to capture fresh rain water and re-use it, hydroponic green house that can grow all your vegetables, spices, and flowers. For Spartan small commercial buildings, in schools and office buildings. These simple line items can result in better working conditions and arguably, happier, more productive students and employees.