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Why build green?

Why build green? Green building is smart building. Aside from their obvious benefit to the environment, green buildings deliver financial savings, are more comfortable, healthier, return higher productivity rates and have higher resale values. The environmental impact of buildings 50% of natural resources 25% of landfill waste 12% of water consumption 10% of airborne particulates 35% of greenhouse gases 39% of energy use Payback Percepțion vs. reality CONVENTIONAL HOME GREEN HOME $153,000 LEED-certified buildings cost on average 1 to 2% more than comparable conventional buildings, yet public perception is quite a different thing. $150,000 When asked "if there is a significant cost difference between green building and standard building prod- ucts and practices?" building professionals answered: Average building costs Average building costs $125/sq.ft 2% premium • 62% "Yes" 26% "No" 12% "Unsure" $3000 $2250 Average Payback Period = 3 years Annual energy costs Annual energy costs (without government rebates, 4 to 5 years) $3000 (typical usage) $2250 (25% savings) Other financial benefits Decreased demand High performing buildings demand less energy and water, which decreases the strain on common resources and allows infra- structure capacity to extend farther. on infrastructure Property value Green buildings show higher property values and average sale price increases of more than $20 per sq.ft. Increased productivity & attendance Productivity gains of 2-10% and a reduction of 35% for absenteeism have been reported. Improved sales 40% increase in sales reported in buildings that use skylights rather than electric lighting. Gas savings A green built community can result in annual gas savings of as much as $1000 per house- due to proximity to necessary infrastructure. Investment decision LEED buildings have an ROI of 15 to 20% just based on energy efficiency measures. Environmental benefits of building green Site Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) reduced sprawl preservation of natural spaces, wildlife habitat and native species 9 to 50% reduction in sickness minimized reliance on cars from improved access to infrastructure 9 to 20% reduction in communi- cable respiratory diseases, reduced soil erosion from sustainable landscaping minimized light pollution from reduced and optimized lighting 18 to 25% reduction in allergies and asthma 20 to 50% reduction in non- specific health and discomfort Energy and atmosphere reduced greenhouse gas emissions Materials and resources reduced energy consumption waste reduction Water locally sourced materials and resources minimized material usage due to durability reduced water consumption renewable resources natural materials water reuse and collection Brought to you by GREEN BUILDING CANADA For complete list of sources visit: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License @O O

Why build green?

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An infographic outlining the many environmental, financial and health reasons to build green.


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