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Why Build Green?

Updated December 23, 2009

The built environment has a vast impact on the natural environment, human health, and the economy. By adopting green building strategies, we can maximize both economic and environmental performance. Green construction methods can be integrated into buildings at any stage, from design and construction, to renovation and deconstruction. Potential benefits of green building can include:

Environmental Benefits

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

Economic Benefits

  • Reduce operating costs
  • Create, expand, and shape markets for green products
  • Improve occupant productivity
  • Enhance effectiveness of economic performance over time

Social Benefits

  • Enhance occupant comfort and health
  • Heighten aesthetic qualities
  • Minimize strain on local infrastructure
  • Improve overall quality of life

Information adapted from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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