A rating system somewhat similar to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) has been developed in the United States, and the first project certified.
The system is called Greenroads, and it’s the brainchild of people at the University of Washington, who set out five years ago to develop a sustainability rating system for the roadbuilding industry.
The certificate issued is for a project in Bellingham, Wash., which involved new streetlighting, stormwater management features, and improved walkways for pedestrians and cyclists.
It wasn’t a big job — just $850,000 — but it was an important first.
Roadbuilders, like contractors in other sectors of the construction industry, are faced with the need to develop means of building more sustainable projects and a rating system for roads is a step in that direction.