Why Is Green Building Important?
A “green” building is one that has been constructed or renovated to incorporate design techniques, technologies, and materials that lessen its dependence on fossil fuels and minimize its overall negative environmental impact. One of the greatest benefits of green buildings is their decreased electricity and energy usage, which helps reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings account for:
- 36% of total energy use and 65% of electricity consumption
- 30% of greenhouse gas emissions
- 30% of raw materials use
- 30% of waste output (136 million tons annually)
- 12% of potable water consumption
An increase in the adoption of green building practices could reduce this energy consumption significantly. In addition, occupants of green buildings enjoy healthier indoor environments and higher productivity levels.
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This page was last modified on April 06, 2012
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