19 Nov '11, 4pm

A New LEED Credit for Bird-Friendly Buildings

A New LEED Credit for Bird-Friendly Buildings

Buildings that save on energy also can kill lots of birds. As many as 1 billion birds die every year from collisions with buildings in the United States. So birds and birders alike may be happy to know that LEED , the U.S. Green Building Council program, is now offering credits to builders for bird-friendly designs. Credits are how the LEED program scores buildings. The new program, for the birds, will give credits to buildings that comply with three requirements: One for the facade, one for interior lights and one for the exterior, according to The New York Times' Green blog . There also has to be a post-construction monitoring program. "Because birds do not perceive conventionally formulated glass as a solid barrier, they fly into it," the U.S. Green Building Council says . "They may mistake reflections as continuous space and be attracted to trees or other objects in, o...

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