Why build green?
Green building is smart building. Aside from their obvious benefit to the environment, green buildings deliver financial savings, are more comfortable, healthier, return higher productivity rates and have higher resale values.
The environmental impact of buildings
Other finacial benefits
Green buildings show higher property values and average sale price increases of more than $20 per sq.ft.
Decreased demand on infrastructure
High performing buildings demand less energy and water, which decreases the strain on common resources and allows infrastructure capacity to extend father.
Increased productivity & attendance
productivity gains of 2-10% and a reduction of 35% for absenteeism have been reported.
40% increase in sales reported in buildings that use skylights rather tham electric lighting.
A green built community can result in annual gas savings of as much as $1000 per housedue to proximity to necessary infrastructure.
Leed buildings have an ROI of 15 to 20% Just based on energy efficiency measures.
Environmental benefits of building green
Indoor environmental quality (IEQ)
9 to 50% reduction in sickness
9 to 20% reduction in Communicable respiratory diseases
18 to 25% reduction in allergies and asthma
20 to 50% reduction in non-specific health and discomfort
Materials and resources
locally sourced materials and resources
minimized material usage due to durability
preservation of natural spaces, wildlife habitat and native species
minimized reliance on cars from improved access to infrastructure
reduced soil erosion from sustainable landscaping
minimized light pollution from reduced and optimized lighting
Energy and atmosphere
reduced greenhouse gas emissions
reduced energy consumption
reduced water consumption
water reuse and collection
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