The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, economy, health, and productivity.
In the U.S. alone, buildings account for:
- 72% of electricity consumption
- 39% of energy use
- 38% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
- 40% of raw materials use
- 30% of waste output (136 million tons)
- 14% of potable water consumption.
Benefits of Green Building