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RBA Go Green Resources:
Building Design and Construction

Increasing productivity through energy efficient design

Since Americans spend almost 90% of their time indoors, the quality of indoor environments for your staff and customers is important.  Improved indoor environmental quality has been shown to reduce worker absenteeism and increase productivity.

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Green Council Member contribution: 

Michael Shilale, Michael Shilale Architects,

Green building design and construction - Guidelines

Green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings use resources — energy, water, and materials — while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment.

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  • US Green Building Council site gives details for standards to build more energy efficient and environmentally responsible buildings.

  • Green Globes is a rating system and guidance for green building design, operation and management.

Green Council Member contribution: 

Michael Shilale, Michael Shilale Architects,

LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

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Green Council Member Contribution:

Michael Shilale, AIA, LEED
Michael Shilale Architects, LLP

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM calls for the use of least toxic chemical pesticides, the minimum use of the chemicals, the use only in targeted locations and the use only for targeted species. IPM protects human health and the surrounding environment ant that improves economic returns through the most effective, least risk option.

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Green Council Member Contribution:

John Wickes, Wickes Arborists


RBA Go Green Resources: Building Design & Construction | Carbon Footprint | Compliance Issues | Consultants | Creating Awareness | Pollution Prevention / Hazardous Materials | Publications | Transportation | Water Conservation | Waste Reduction & Recycling | Glossary

Green Council Vision:

To educate, promote and advocate to the business community the benefits of adopting Green principles.

Michael Shilale Architects, Sustainable Solutions

Go Green Resources

Ira Wickes, Green Council Green Toolkit member

RBA Green Council Mission

Assist members in realizing bottom line benefits of going green

Empower members to find the sustainable solutions best suited for their businesses by providing information on available educational, service and product resources they need

Advocate for members on related environmental issues affect the business community