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Why Build Green?


In The United States, buildings account for:

  • 39% of total energy use
  • 12% of the total water consumption
  • 68% of total electricity consumption
  • 38% of the carbon dioxide emissions

The built environment has a vast impact on the environment, human health, and the economy. By adopting green building strategies, we can maximize both economic and environmental performance. Green construction methods can be integrated into buildings at any stage, from design and construction, to renovation and deconstruction. However, the most significant benefits can be obtained if the design and construction team takes an integrated approach from the earliest stages of a building project. Potential benefits of green building can include:

Environmental Benefits

  • Enhance and protect bio diversity and ecosystems
  • Improve air and water quality
  • Reduce waste streams
  • Conserve and restore natural resource


Economic Benefits

  • Reduce operating costs
  • Create, expand, and shape markets for green product and services
  • Improve occupants productivity
  • Optimize life-cycle economic performance


Social Benefits

  • Enhance occupant comfort and health
  • Heighten aesthetic qualities
  • Minimize strain on local infrastructure
  • Improve overall quality of life

Source: www.epa.gov

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