Green is taking over! Eco-friendly or sustainable products and
structures are becoming commonplace in the U.S. Green buildings are
strategically designed to efficiently use natural resources to
reduce negative impacts on the environment and human health. While
these buildings have generally been thought to only help the
planet, recent studies reveal that green buildings also give a
large boost to the economy and productivity.
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, between 2009 and
2013, the production of green buildings will contribute $513
billion to the domestic economy and create 7.9 million jobs.
This sizeable increase from the past decade demonstrates the
considerable influence sustainability will have on the GDP.
Furthermore, productivity and health is shown to increase in green
buildings. A survey, "Do Green Buildings Make Dollars and Sense,"
reveals that employees in green buildings have decreased their use
of sick days by an average of 2.88 days. Furthermore, productivity
in the workplace improved in green buildings by 16 percent.
Additionally beneficial, daily operating costs reduce by 13.6
percent in green buildings. According to 77 percent of the
industry, revenues will grow as a result of green building.
Sustainable buildings are now proven to provide a higher return on
investment by the market demanding high rent and maintaining lower
Ultimately, green buildings produce a higher resale while
offering immense financial savings. These buildings require less
maintenance and are more durable to create more comfort for the
tenants. Furthermore, green buildings are healthier for the tenant
since they disperse less or zero sources of pollution indoors.
With evidence of sustainability's profound impact on the
environment and the investor's bottom line, the green movement is
developing at a rapid pace. National governments around the world
have been funding and implementing new green standards for
construction and development. It is exhilarating to see the genuine
benefits derived from creating sustainable structures.
View study at: www.usgbc.org/greeneconomy