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Green Building Sourcebook

 Benefits of green building

Affordability

  • Lower energy costs from heating and air conditioning
  • Less water consumption
  • Lower costs from waste disposal
  • Reduces long-term maintenance

Reduces impacts on the environment

  • Decreased consumption (use of recycled or reused materials)
  • Decreased reliance on toxic materials
  • Efficient use of energy
  • Efficient use of water

Improves health and safety

  • Improves air quality
  • Reduces the use of toxic materials and processes
  • Minimizes the use of vinyl and pressure treated lumber

Promotes sustainability by design

  • Improves energy efficiency
  • Encourages quality construction and design
  • Lessens the stigma often attached to low income housing
  • Promotes a cohesive sense of community


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Effective strategies
for green building

  Windows
  Floors
  Siding
  Roofing
  Heating/Cooling
  Lighting
  Appliances
  Insulation


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