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Green building applies the rational to minimize waste while maximizing efficiency. Studies suggest that green building projects provide many benefits.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), green building protects occupant health; improves employee productivity; uses energy, water and other resources more efficiently; and reduces the overall impact on the environment.[1]

Green buildings generate an average increase of 7.5 percent in a building’s value and a 6.6 percent improvement in return on investment, while decreasing operating costs by 8 to 9 percent, according to McGraw-Hill Construction.

A green building as define by Green Building Index focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource use – energy, water, and materials – while reducing building impact on human health and the environment during the building’s lifecycle, through better sitting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal. Green buildings designed to save energy and resources, recycle materials and minimise the emission of toxic substances throughout its life cycle.

Solar Panels - Chicago Center for Green Technology

Solar Panels – Chicago Center for Green Technology (Photo credit: swanksalot)

Green building application helps in emissions reduction. Fossil fuel used in producing electricity contributes to air quality issues such as acid rain and smog, and create risks to human health. Application such as solar powering, day lighting, and facilitation of public transport increase energy efficiency and reduce harmful emissions.

Green building recycles rainwater and grey water for purposes for irrigation can preserve potable water and yield significant water savings.

Green design emphasizes increased natural lighting and control of ventilation and temperature-attributes that improve the inhabitant health.

Green building emphasizes ventilation and non-toxic, low-emitting materials that create healthier and more comfortable living and working environments.

Even though money is important when making construction decisions, but the effects of a green building has on its occupants are just as important as the bottom line. The true cost is much lower than we think. Green building is a wise and choice a necessary choice for our future.


  1. Building Momentum: National Trends and Prospects for High-Performance Green Buildings,” Prepared for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Environmental and Public Works by the U.S. Green Building Council, November 2002. Available at: http://www.usgbc.org/Docs/Resources/043003_hpgb_whitepaper.pdf
  2. US Environmental Protection Agency, “Energy Cost and IAQ Performance of Ventilation Systems and Controls,” January 2000.
  3. Can America Afford Not to Go Green? Investing for the Future, Spring 2009.

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[1] Goldsmith, Robert S. and Joanne Vos, Going Green by Building Green, NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES NOVEMBER 2009. Available at: http://www.greenbaumlaw.com/Rsc_FilesView.asp?fileCode=390N25B14K19

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