The World Business Council for Sustainable Development recently came out with an interesting report that looks at the cost of building green. The gist of the report is that the cost of building green is not much higher than the cost of building a conventional building — the report estimates the cost differential to be about 5% more versus the perceived 17% in the building industry worldwide.
Since buildings are one of the five main users of energy worldwide, building green will have a huge impact on slowing global warming. The energy savings that result from building sustainably will help offset some of the initial higher costs — energy efficiency can be increased by up to 35% and heating costs reduced by 80% for the average building, thereby decreasing recurring costs and carbon dioxide emissions considerably. So, encourage everyone you know, here and overseas, to build green!