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Long-lasting impact

The advantages of green building are abundant: when a green design is implemented, it lessens the overall impact to the environment. Energy and water consumption are reduced, natural resources are conserved and materials are re-used. Moreover, the materials used in green building are much less hazardous than other available options since they are created to meet environmental standards. Finally, as a whole, green building has a significant impact on the worldwide climate crisis.

Builders, contractors and building owners are also quickly realizing the additional economic and environmental benefits of this approach.

Economic benefits:

  • Reduce operating costs
  • Enhance asset value and profits
  • Improve employee productivity and satisfaction
  • Optimize life cycle economic performance
  • Qualifying for various tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in many cities
  • Become a selling point to potential buyers
  • Increase the market for an engineer’s or contractor’s skills
  • Lowering a building’s overall life cycle cost

Environmental benefits:

  • Improve air and water quality
  • Reduce solid waste
  • Conserve natural resources
  • Enhance and protect ecosystems and biodiversity

Health and community benefits:

  • Improve air, thermal, and acoustic environments
  • Enhance occupant comfort and health
  • Possibly limiting growth of mold and other airborne contaminants that can affect worker productivity and/or health

Source: Benefits of LEED certification, U.S. Green Building Council, www.usgbc.org.

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