In a recent interview with Mark, TStud/BareNaked/SmallCasitas, Willie, he song the praises of bike racks. In a candid interview, he not only explained why he loved bike racks but rather the understanding of creating sustainable building to achieve better construction for the world.
He explained that in the 80's there was the US EPA, in the 90's Passive House, in the millenium, the California Renewable, and then USGBC, US Green Building Council. They developed LEED building standing for Leadership | Energy | Environmental | Design.
He explained that municipalities were early adopters of LEED buildings. LEED buildings addressed things that normal buildings did not including "SUSTAINABILITY". Green now became a word of the building vocabulary. The building materials changed and there was a checklist involved in achieving the LEED Status.
How does LEED work?
Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points for green building strategies across several categories. Based on the number of points achieved, a project earns one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. Learn more. Platinum Status = 80+ points earned. Gold Status = 60-79 points earned. Silver Status = 50-59 points earned. Certified Status = 40-49 points earned
Mark is an expert in sustainable design and decreasing carbon footprint and explained that adding a bike rack for transportation was one way that buildings could receive more points in the evaluation of LEED building design. Bike racks provide transportation that does not need any fossil fuels and thereby is a "GREEN" mode.