Environment

High Performance Buildings

Population and job growth in the region will continue to push demand for housing, workplaces, and schools. Buildings consume vast amounts of resources, from the materials produced to construct them to the energy used to operate them. Buildings are responsible for two thirds of the region's greenhouse gas emissions. On a national scale, the construction of buildings and their related infrastructure consume approximately 40 percent of all raw materials used in the U.S. economy according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

High-performance buildings integrates and optimizes all major advanced building attributes, including energy efficiency, durability, construction, operation and maintenance principles, life-cycle performance, and occupant productivity. COG supports the common objective of its member governments to in improving the efficiency and environmental performance of the region’s building stock by advocating for the adoption of greener building standards, energy efficient building codes, and greener construction codes through education, sharing of best practices, and outreach. These buildings help save taxpayers money through reduced energy and utility bills, and to stimulate markets for sustainable technologies and products.  

News & Multimedia

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    Locals in metropolitan Washington plan for a sustainable future

    December 16, 2016

    Local planners gathered at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) for a Sustainability in Comprehensive Plans Workshop on December 5 to share...

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    Forum Seeks to Link Federal Labs Research with the Marketplace

    June 20, 2016

    To better understand how area governments and utilities can utilize the R&D, scientific, and technological breakthroughs produced at federal labs for solving...

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    Solar Power, Green Buildings Making D.C. Region More Sustainable

    October 10, 2013

    Area governments, businesses, and utilities in metropolitan Washington are implementing a number of green initiatives that are enhancing the region’s...

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    Talking sustainability with experts from Germany and Denmark

    April 6, 2012

    Metropolitan Washington has made much environmental headway to be proud of. For example by 2011 the District of Columbia was the “state” with the most LEED...

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    (Nuclear) energy independence small-scale urban innovation & lucky cities

    March 30, 2012

    UK energy independence: In the US when we talk about energy independence we typically are referring to reducing our dependence on foreign oil . The...

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    COG's Report on Green Buildings in the Region Prompts Discussion

    May 4, 2011

    Arlington County Board Member Jay Fisette, who is also Chairman of COG’s Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee was joined by John Mataya, COG...

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