What is Sustainable Building?

Sustainable Building, or Green Building, refers to the application of processes throughout the design and construction of buildings to reduce negative impacts to human health and the natural environment.

A program of standards defines goals for the efficient use of resources and desirable outcome. Third Party Certifiers use a point system to evaluate and assign a grade to indicate how well the construction process and the resulting building meet the goals of the program.

Austin leads the nation in green building with the Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) program.

Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB), the nation’s first green building program, was created in 1990 by the City of Austin and is now the nations’ most successful sustainable building program. An Austin-specific rating system allows the city the flexibility to address environmental, community, health, and economic issues specific to the Central Texas region. AEGB’s seven major aspects of sustainable design and construction are:

  • Integrated Design
  • Site
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Indoor Environmental
  • Quality
  • Materials & Resources
  • Education & Equity

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™ (LEED®) building certification program

Developed in 1993 by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in building design, construction, and operation, LEED® is a nationally accepted benchmark for high performance green buildings. LEED® promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in seven key areas of human and environmental health:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation in Design
  • Regional Priority Credits

Hull Supply's product lines help earn AEGB or LEED® projects credits.

Hull Supply offers products that support many of the goals of both programs and help achieve credits. Specify which program your project is using and what credits you are seeking at the time you request a proposal. We’ll find supporting items.

Here are some examples of the Credit Categories and supporting products.

Recycled Content

Materials & Resources (MR)
Credit 4

  • Hollow Metal doors & frames
  • Pre-finished Steel doors & frames
  • Pre-finished Steel Doors & frames
  • Wood Doors
  • Hardware

Low-Emitting Materials: Composite Wood & Agrifiber Products

Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Credit 4.4

  • Wood doors with no added urea formaldehyde

Certified Wood

Materials & Resources (MR)
Credit 7

  • Wood door and frames
  • Ask us about FSC® certified products.

Low-Emitting Materials: Adhesives & Sealants, Paints & Coatings

Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Credit 4.1 & 4.2

  • Hardware coating and sealants


Indirect Contributions

  • Using of Sidelites and Borrowed Lites

Regional Material

Materials & Resources (MR)
Credit 5

  • Aluminum frames and doors
  • Hollow Metal doors and frames

Rapidly Renewable Materials

Materials & Resources (MR)
Credit 5

  • Wood Doors
  • Agrifiber cores
  • Bamboo veneers

Smoke Control

Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Prerequisite 2

  • Thresholds
  • Gasketing