Facts About Green Construction & Remodeling

A green building, also known as a sustainable building, is a structure that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner. Green buildings are designed to meet certain objectives such as protecting occupant health; using energy, water, and other resources more efficiently; and reducing the overall impact to the environment

 

  • Green homes yield 50% cleaner air, a 30-70% reduction in energy bills, and a 50% decrease in the amount of waste sent to landfills during construction in comparison to conventional homes.
  • Buildings in the US are responsible for 38.1% of the total CO2 emissions, 39 % energy use, 12% water consumption, 68% electricity consumption, and 40% consumption of raw materials nationwide
  • There is no significant difference in the average cost of a green building in comparison to a conventional building
  • Upfront costs of any green building can be up to 2% more expensive than a non-green building, however over time, operating costs can be lowered by 20%–saving you 10 times your initial investment
  • LEED certified buildings save an average of 32% less electricity, 26% less natural gas, and 36% less energy than conventional non-green buildings
  • Green construction will produce 70% less solid waste that would have gone to a landfill
  • The EPA estimates that Americans spend more than 90% of their day indoors where the air quality can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside
  • According to the EPA, $60 billion of annual productivity is lost because building related illnesses
  • Traditional paints release low level toxins into the air that can continue to pollute the air for years after application and cause adverse health effects, however, eco-friendly paints there’s little toxic emission with the benefits of better gloss retention, better face resistance, less pollution, and low odor

 

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