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Did You Know?

 

  • There are LEED® projects in all 50 states and more than 70 countries.
  • The overall green building market in the U.S. (both non-residential and residential) is likely to more than double from today valued at $36-49 billion to $96-140 billion by 2013.
  • Green Buildings use an average of 30% less energy than conventional buildings.
  • A study of 33 LEED® Certified buildings in California showed an upfront investment of less than 2% in construction costs, yields life-cycle savings of over ten times the initial investment.
  • The average American consumes five times more energy than the average global citizen or 10 times more than the typical Chinese. 
  • Students and workers in 'green' buildings have higher productivity, lower absenteeism and higher test scores. 
  • A laptop is more environment friendly than a desktop. It consumes five times less electricity.  
  • Industrialized countries, such as the U.S., represent only 20% of the world's population. However, they consume 80% of the world's resources, 85% of the world's forest products, 75% of the world's energy and produce 75% of the world's pollution and waste.
  • At Wal-Mart's new Eco-Mart had 'significantly higher' sales in one half of the store that had enhanced daylighting provided by skylights
  • Common house and office paints contain 'Volatile Organic Compounds' which have been shown to have toxic affects on humans, especially young children.  Always purchase Low or No VOC paints, stains and adhesives.
  • Extracting and processing petroleum into common plastic containers (polyethylene terephthalate, PET, and high-density polyethylene, HDPE) takes four to eight times more energy than making plastics from recycled plastics.
  • The average American spends 90% of their day indoors.
  • Indoor air quality of buildings is often more polluted and hazardous than the air outside.

Sources:  Greening The Building And The Bottom Line" - U.S. Department of Energy & The Rocky Mountain Institute
                "Green Building Costs And Financial Benefits" - Gregory H. Kats
                 CRES-Colorado Renewable Energy Society
                 Worldwatch Institute