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LKinley

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Green Benefits
« on: July 28, 2011, 10:49:04 am »
Green Building Research

The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, economy, health, and productivity.

In the United States alone, buildings account for:

72% of electricity consumption
39% of energy use
38% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
40% of raw materials use
30% of waste output (136 million tons annually)
14% of potable water consumption.
More statistics on the built environment in the U.S. and the growing size of USGBC membership and LEED are available in the Green Building by the Numbers document on www.usgbc.org.

Benefits of Green Building

Environmental benefits:

Enhance and protect ecosystems and biodiversity
Improve air and water quality
Reduce solid waste
Conserve natural resources
Economic benefits:

Reduce operating costs
Enhance asset value and profits
Improve employee productivity and satisfaction
Optimize life-cycle economic performance
Health and community benefits:

Improve air, thermal, and acoustic environments
Enhance occupant comfort and health
Minimize strain on local infrastructure
Contribute to overall quality of life
See the Power Point presentations titled, ?About USGBC,? and ?About LEED,? located in Doc Sharing to better understand the organization mission and certification of ?green? buildings.

All information and presentations taken from www.usgbc.org.