Infographic: Why Build Green?

The advantages of building green –

The LEED certified Garden Street Lofts in Hoboken,  New Jersey. And example of green buildingHumanity is now predominantly an urban species. Our impact on the natural world through the built environment is a key driver of sustainability. Between 35 and 40 percent of manmade greenhouse gas emissions, nearly 40 percent of energy consumption and 12 percent of water consumption come from our buildings.

While there are obvious environmental benefits to building green, there are just as significant economic benefits as well, if less obvious to public perception. Energy savings, increased investment and resale value, and greater resource efficiency to name but a few.

The infographic below from outlines some main advantages of green building – both environmental and economic – and shows how the public perception of its expense is often incorrect.

It’s not that we can’t afford to build green, it’s that we can’t afford not to.

The economic and environmental benefits of building green


Main image credit: Walter Burns, courtesy flickr

Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schueneman
Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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