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August 2007

Nashville adopts LEED Standards for construction

The Metro Council of Nashville, Tennessee approved legislation that requires the city to construct and renovate its buildings to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System Silver level standards as set by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The law applies to buildings and additions costing more than $2 million or that have at least 5,000 gross square feet of occupied space. The new regulations will apply to projects for which planning starts after July 31, 2007.

Members of the USBGC Middle Tennessee Chapter lobbied for this legislation and see opportunity for expansion and improvement. Phillip Nappi, USGBC member and president of Tennessee Waste, Middle Tennessee’s only LEED certified hauler and recycler of construction and demolition debris says, “This ordinance is a step in the right direction. We anticipate strengthening of this ordinance in the future as well as LEED certification for future commercial and private construction projects in Nashville.” According to the Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA), construction and demolition debris accounts for 350 million tons of material each year in the United States alone.