As we discussed on Tuesday, green building is good for the environment. It's energy efficient, which reduces the need to burn fossil fuels and helps fight climate change. It also makes efficient use of water and other resources, minimizes pollution and waste, and reduces overall environmental impact.
Building green demonstrates your commitment to sustainability and gives your company a competitive advantage in the market. There is also peace of mind in knowing that the structures you build are better for the environment, healthier for occupants and save money over the long term.
Green Building Facts:
- The US Department of Energy states that today's buildings consume more energy than any other sector of the U.S. economy, including transportation and industry.
- Studies indicate that Americans spend up to 90% of their day indoors. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, air quality inside buildings is sometimes two to five times worse than outside air.
Benefits of Green Homes:
- Using energy more efficiently
- Saves operating costs on utility bills over the 30-year life of the building
- Enhances resale and lease value of the home
- Reducing environmental impact
- Reduces waste materials and disposal costs
- Reduces water usage
- Reduces chemical use and disposal costs
- Encourages recycling and reuse of materials
- Develops local markets for locally produced materials - saves on transportation costs and develops economy-of-scale price reductions.
- Improves the indoor environment, producing a healthier place to live and work
- Reduces sicknesses