Monday, January 21, 2008

Why Green Buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy says that conventional buildings in the U.S eat up 71 percent of the country’s electricity output and are responsible for 38 percent of the U.S.' carbon dioxide emissions, equal to the combined total emissions of Japan, France and the U.K., according to Forbes magazine. A study done by MIT showed that buildings following LEED standards use on average 25 percent to 30 percent less energy than conventional buildings and cost, on average, only 2 percent more to build. That could help slow down the carbon imbalance we are creating.

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