Photography by Lucille Khornak

Photography by Lucille Khornak

Mission Statement

The Hamptons Green Alliance (HGA) is a not-for-profit association of design professional, building trades, manufactures, suppliers, and related-service professionals organized to promote green, sustainable, resilient and smart built systems. HGA provides the "How" to bring building into science, how to install new green materials, implement sustainable technologies, systems integrated building methods and best–practices for building carbon neutral, net-zero energy, USGBC Leed Platinum certified buildings and ecological landscapes via its website and other public forums.

HGA's new mission is to form a world-wide collaboration and partnership to build energy positive buildings. An energy positive building is a building which during its operational phase generates more energy than what was used for the production of building materials, its construction, operation and disposal. The building is therefore transformed from being part of the energy problem to becoming part of the energy solution.

Description

The Hamptons Green Alliance (a 501(c)(6), not-for-profit organization), has been formed to provide its members and the general public with resources and be a forum for the exchange of practical information and ideas concerning materials, systems, best- practices and the benefits of sustainable green living.  The goal of the Alliance is to provide the information and resources required to construct LEED Platinum, zero energy and carbon-neutral homes. We plan to continuously push the envelope, raise the bar higher, increasing our knowledge to build energy positive buildings for the first time in the USA.

The Alliance membership is open to well-established individuals and companies that relate to the mission statement of the organization, that participate in the building of an HGA projects, that pride themselves on their integrity and professionalism, that are leaders within their field, who continually stay on the forefront of new, green products and technologies relating to their trade or their profession.

The long range goal of the Hamptons Green Alliance is to assemble a network of like-minded professional individuals and companies that will educate each other and the general public in the field of green, sustainable, resilient and smart building practices.

The HGA has established collaborations with academia through knowledge transfer, implementing the "How", incorporating transformational technologies, testing and contributing to scientific review, bringing building into science and closing the circle on the continuum of the knowledge transfer into practical application..

Purpose

Built Systems are significant participants in the Nexus of Energy – Water – Food. All buildings worldwide combined use 40% of global energy, 25% of global water, 40% of global resources and are responsible for one third of global energy related greenhouse gas emissions. As global temperatures increase, the critical integration of built and natural systems rely on the application of transformational science and technology for improving existing greening and sustainability criteria to increase resilience and their interconnectedness with adaptation, mitigation and preparedness.

There is an urgency for providing the “How”. How to successfully implement integrated design, systems integrated building, a unique paradigm in adaptive construction practices. How to bring building into science through institutional knowledge transfer, proof of concept and critical review. How to persevere in the intuitive application of transformational, functional technologies, innovating advanced means and methods, developing unique applications of renewable energy systems, implementing efficient operational intelligence, incorporating climate risk management practices thus effectuating resilience in building. How to revolutionize current building practices by applying this knowledge in the design, construction and commissioning process for more sustainable, resilient and smart built systems. How to continue finding innovative solutions for reducing energy consumption, mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and reducing consumption of all resources to begin to restore harmony with natural systems. How to share lessons learned, this newly gained knowledge, to be a force multiplier by teaching others, not to be part of problem, but rather, to be part of the solution.