Green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings use resources - energy, water, and materials - while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building's lifecycle - design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in the United States buildings account for:
• 39% of total energy use
• 12% of total water consumption
• 68% of total electricity consumption
• 38% of carbon dioxide emissions
The Business Case for Saving Resources
The business case for green buildings addresses many issues already of concern to businesses:
- risk management,
- government relations
- employee relations
"For many CEOs, sustainable buildings have moved far beyond feel-good status. Plainly put, they're just good business. They help control energy costs, protect and enhance brand reputation, demonstrate prudent management to investors and lenders, attract and satisfy tenants and employees, and hedge against future regulation." (Green Buildings, Canadian Business, Sept. 2011).
Choosing a Contractor
The cheapest bid is not always the
best one. Follow these procedures to discover a contractor who offers
both a fair price and peace of mind.
Incentives & Rebates
The time has never been better and the payback so quick. Between federal
tax credits, utility and state rebates, and local programs there is
more money and more assistance available than ever before.
are different options for finding financing worth exploring including
mortgages, revolving loans, and private service programs.
Case Studies Green Building Rating Systems
See examples of what is possible in your business.
exactly does the green claim mean? What environmentally sound features
and building techniques were used? Some buildings are far more
sustainably built than others. To help you judge the validity of claims,
some builders seek to meet the standards of national or local rating