Let’s save the planet! Are you with me?
Green construction will save the planet. Do you believe it? I believe it.
Let me share some facts about construction with you.
70% of all electricity used in the United States is used for the construction and operation of buildings and built environments.
30% of all CO2 emissions come from the construction and operation of our built environment.
30% of all raw materials harvested are used for construction.
All of this appears to be some sort of secret because most people do not know this. I want everyone to know this. It is important to know this.
This is why I am a champion for green construction. I believe that if we do not improve the impact of construction on our environment, we will not see the desired improvements in Climate Change. To me, it’s that simple.
One of the easiest ways to improve the impact is to select a green rating system for every construction project. The focus of the green rating systems are:
- Reduce energy consumption, which reduces CO2 emissions.
- Reduce water consumption, which reduces CO2 emissions.
- Reduce the consumption of virgin materials, which leaves more trees (and other natural materials) to offset the CO2 emissions.
The use of a green rating system engages focus on the impact of construction on our environment and gives options on how the impact can be improved.
Here are some of the most popular green rating systems for construction: