Green Buildings

green buildings and sustainable construction

Globally, buildings are responsible for one-third of greenhouse gas emissions. In the U.S., the impact is even greater, with nearly 40% of all carbon dioxide emissions coming from commercial and residential buildings. Why are buildings such large contributors to greenhouse gas emissions? One, buildings typically rely on dirty energy sources for their power. And two, most buildings don’t use energy efficiently.

Because buildings are such a big part of the problem, they’re an equally big part of the solution. To create greener buildings, we need to improve energy and water efficiency, reduce waste and pollution, transition to renewable energy sources, and use sustainable buildings materials. These strategies can reduce energy consumption in buildings by 30-80 percent. LEARN MORE

“There is no doubt any longer that green buildings are some of the best investments we can make.”

-Hillary Clinton, Greenbuild 2013

Action

Wondering what you can do to help? Here are some actions you can take to help green the buildings in your city:

improve building codes to create greener buildings       improve solar permitting process for sustainable building       support pace financing for green building construction

Success Stories

Los Angeles Using White Roofs to Combat Climate Change

Los Angeles Using White Roofs to Combat Climate Change

Los Angeles recently announced that it will be imposing a new mandate in 2014…

Songdo, South Korea Aims to be World’s Greenest City

Songdo, South Korea Aims to be World’s Greenest City

A lot of the trouble with greening cities stems from the fact that it’s…

The Transformation of a Kansas School

The Transformation of a Kansas School

When a tornado devastated their community in 2007, the residents of Greensburg, Kansas vowed…

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Additional Resources

Want to learn more about transportation? Check out some of these useful resources:

Green Building 101     Green Building Resources for Homebuilders     How Green Buildings Work     Why LEED?   

General Green Building Components     The Cost and Benefits of Achieving Green Buildings