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USGBC Green Building Research

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  • 1. USGBC: Green Building Research http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=1718 Sign In | Your Account | USGBC Store | Directories Search Home Resources Green Building Research Green Building Research The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, Research Publications economy, health, and productivity. View highlighted research on the costs, benefits and attributes of green building that are transforming the market. In the United States alone, buildings account for: • 72% of electricity consumption, LEED Project Case Studies • 39% of energy use, Search USGBC's Directory of LEED Projects and Case Studies. • 38% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, • 40% of raw materials use, Green Building Links Links to resources collected by USGBC staff and members to facilitate • 30% of waste output (136 million tons annually), and green building research. • 14% of potable water consumption. Green Building Research Fund More statistics on the built environment in the U.S. and the growing size of This grant program was created to spur green building research that will USGBC membership and LEED are available in our Green Building Facts advance sustainable building practices and encourage market transformation. document. Benefits of Green Building Environmental benefits: Enhance and protect ecosystems and biodiversity Improve air and water quality Reduce solid waste Conserve natural resources Economic benefits: Reduce operating costs Enhance asset value and profits Improve employee productivity and satisfaction Optimize life-cycle economic performance Health and community benefits: Improve air, thermal, and acoustic environments Enhance occupant comfort and health Minimize strain on local infrastructure Contribute to overall quality of life About USGBC | Policies & Guidelines | Frequently Asked Questions | Contact Co pyright © 2010 U.S. Green Building Co uncil. All Rights Reserved. 1 of 1 6/15/2010 7:17 PM

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