US Green Building Council Director Addresses Association in Manchester, NH

Staff | September 28, 2010

Members and guests of the Granite State Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction were briefed in a recent meeting on the importance of designing and constructing buildings that minimize energy use and environmental impact.

Sponsored by Haworth, Inc. and Fulcrum Associates, the meeting was held February 7 at Moe Joe's Restaurant in Manchester, N.H., and featured guest speaker Barbara Batshalom, executive director of The Green Roundtable, the New England affiliate of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Batshalom spoke about building "green" and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) a program that evaluates environmental performance from a "whole building" perspective over the structure's life cycle.

NAWIC is a national organization dedicated to enhancing the success of woman in the construction industry, and has more than 5,500 members in 179 local chapters Readers may learn more about the Granite State Chapter at or by contacting NAWIC Chapter President Jamy Welch at (603) 225-3335.


Green, LEED and USGBC

Green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use and harvest energy, water and materials, and reduce building impacts on human health and the environment through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and demolition. It is also commonly called sustainable building.

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC), a coalition of more than 7,500 member organizations and a network of 75 regional chapters, has developed definitions of what constitutes sustainable design of green buildings through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™.

Through LEED, the council aims to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, ultimately improving the quality of life.