Green Building Study Shows Small Premium Upfront Reduces Long-term Costs

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A new study sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council and other real-estate and architectural groups reveals that the initial cost to build green is less than what you might think. They studied 150 buildings (most of which had gone the extra mile and were built to LEED standards) and found the premium to be only 2.5 percent. Increased energy efficiency is the main reason with median savings of 33 percent per year over comparable conventionally-built buildings. The pay-back period for the high performance mechanical systems and green building strategies is only a few short years.

Other eco-friendly features of green buildings include water efficiency, improved indoor air quality, and use of durable, long-lasting materials. Of course, we all benefit from high performance green building due to reduced air pollution, reduced demand on natural resources, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Source: The New York Times

Tag(s): Energy, Green Building

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