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Cost of building green is less than you think August 22, 2007

Filed under: Energy efficiency,General,Green buildings,Green living — Anca Novacovici, Eco-Coach Inc. @ 1:21 pm

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!


2 Responses to “Cost of building green is less than you think”

  1. Luis Says:

    Great post!

    If the economics don’t work, recycling efforts won’t either.
    As our little contribution to make this economics of recycling more appealing, blogs about people and companies that make money selling recycled or reused items, provide green services or help us reduce our dependency on non renewable resources.

  2. Carrie Says:

    I enjoyed reading you blog & look forward to more posts. Awesome design too.

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