Building green boosts efficiency, financial benefits

Building green boosts efficiency, financial benefits

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Why build green?

Perhaps the better question: Why not build green?

As developers consider how best to invest in future facilities projects, many still wonder whether the right move is to spend their money on sustainable approaches and products.

Even as studies continue to prove the value of high-performance buildings.

Green building no longer is considered a niche industry. It quickly is becoming more and more the standard for building construction.

In fact, interest and investment in energy efficient is at an all-time high. A recent study by Johnson Controls showed that half of the respondents said their organizations are paying more attention to energy efficiency.

On top of that, prospective renters want to occupy – and pay premiums for being in – facilities that were constructed with efficiency in mind and are green-certified, the Johnson Controls study found.

Green building in the United States alone has become a major driver of the nation’s economy. The green building sector is outpacing overall construction growth in the U.S. and now accounts for millions of American jobs, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

That number is expected to top 3.3 million positions this year, according to the organization – more than one-third of the entire U.S. construction sector – and generate $190.3 billion in labor earnings. The industry’s direct contribution to U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is also expected to reach $303.5 billion.

The infographic below by Green Building Canada takes a closer look at the concept of green building and the benefits of following such an approach has on everyone from developers to facility managers to occupants.

Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Construction Firms, Energy Saving Products, Great Commercial Buildings, Healthy & Comfortable Buildings, Office Buildings, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Trends and Statistics, Technology, Urban Planning and Design

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