Green building programs help reduce the carbon footprint of a building in a number of ways. And they’re becoming more common in the U.S. and around the world as people realize their long-term benefits outweigh initial up-front costs.
Added Cost of Building
Building green does cost a bit more.It costs about 3 percent to 4 percent more to build a green building than a less energy efficient one, but it will use considerably less carbon over its lifetime through reduced energy use.
Neigbourhood crime reduced by 18% due to “The Bridge” Homeless Center: The building targets a LEED Silver rating and includes a green-roofed dining room within an open courtyard, ample daylighting, which reduces energy consumption and enhance the connection to the outside world. The Pavilion reuses an existing warehouse and can accommodate 200 people. It contains ceiling fans and radiant heaters for temperature control. And finally, the greywater system is said to save more than 1.5 million gallons of potable water per year.
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