Friday, July 16, 2010

sustainable design makes a lot of sense to your health

Green or Sustainable Building is the practice of creating healthier and more resource and energy efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition.

According to the US Green Building Council (USGBC), as of January 2006, the annual market for Green Building in products and services was $7 billion, a 37% growth over 2004 Over 531 million square feet of commercial building space has been registered or certified under LEED.
Green Design has significant benefits:

Contributes to better health
EPA studies indicate indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times higher – and occasionally more than 100 times higher – than outdoor levels. Studies with 30,000 subjects showed that  there are significant relationship between low ventilation levels and higher carbon dioxide concentrations – a common symptom in facilities with sick building syndrome. Green buildings instead use alternative building materials that do not emit toxins, like formaldehyde or VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).

Saves you money in the long run 
A Well-designed green buildings will be more energy efficient and have lower utility costs. Recent studies indicate that with an upfront investment of 2% in green building design, can result on average in savings of 20% of the total construction costs in lifecycles– This is more than ten times your initial investment.

Increases your productivity
Factors considered in Green design include abundant daylighting, individual climate controls, and outdoor views increase employee and tenant satisfaction, which improves productivity. A study by Carnegie Mellon University measuring the relationship between increased lighting control and productivity showed an average increase of 7.1% in productivity.

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