Why is Green Building Important?
The construction and operation of buildings has a significant impact on the environment. Buildings account for 39% of total U.S. energy consumption and 38% of carbon dioxide emissions. [Buildings and the Environment: A Statistical Summary. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Green Building Workgroup, December, 2004]
Green buildings use less energy, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and playing an important role in combating global climate change.Buildings also use a tremendous amount of natural resources to construct and operate. Constructing green buildings that use these resources more efficiently, while minimizing pollution that can harm renewable natural resources, is crucial to a sustainable future.
There are economic benefits to green buildings as well. Energy-efficient buildings cost less to operate. Studies have shown that healthy indoor environments can actually improve employee and student productivity.
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