The District of Columbia leads the country in energy efficiency, green building, and green roofs. It was the first city in the U.S. to require both public and private buildings of a certain size to disclose energy performance. In 2013, D.C. released a comprehensive sustainability plan that includes a section on the built environment. The plan calls for a 50 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption in the city’s building stock.
Green building is an approach to design, construction and operations that conserves resources while it protects human health. In March of 2014, the District adopted its first Green Construction Code which is mandatory for all commercial projects greater than 10,000 square feet and all multi-family residential construction four stories or larger. It aims to provide greener and healthier living and working environments. The Green Code applies to new construction and major renovations and requires that new buildings perform as much as 30 percent more efficiently.
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ 2013 Annual Green Roof Survey found that D.C. installed more than 2 million square feet of green roof space during the year.
The nation’s capital is becoming a global leader in sustainability and BCD is pleased to be contributing to that effort, one project at a time.
Voted fifth out of the thirty safest cities in Virginia by SAFEWISE.COM, Colonial Beach, situated between the Potomac River and Monroe Bay in Northern Neck Virginia, is embarking on a resurgence. Possessing the second-largest beachfront in the state, Colonial Beach was a popular resort town in the mid-20th century. A short ferry ride from Washington, D.C., the St. Johns steamer was making daily runs from Seventh Street SE D.C. to “the beach” for 50 cents round trip.
Whether you arrive by car or boat, before you leave, stop by Denson’s for fresh oysters, tour the vineyards at Ingleside Winery, admire the Victorian architecture of Alexander Graham Bell’s summer home, or check out a BCD project.
Come experience Colonial Beach and life on the water.