An Introduction to the Cost Benefits of Green Buildings

Read the full post at Curbed.

Last week, Curbed U explored the world of green buildings, but we only briefly touched on the financial benefits. Rick Cook, of the eco-minded firm COOKFOX, told us that building green costs only fractionally more than not building green, and today we’re diving into a report that supports this statement. Recently published by the World Green Building Council, The Business Case for Green Building details the cost benefits of structures built to sustainable standards like LEED and Energy Star.

The report compiles research from a multitude of studies to look at the lifecycle of a building and examine the financial benefits that a green building has for all of the stakeholders: designers, developers, owners, and occupants. It’s a comprehensive, 124-page report (PDF), and we pulled out a few of the most compelling points.

Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

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