Why Build Green?
Building green isn't just about improving your health or saving the planet. Today's techniques can also save you money and make your projects more marketable.
Green building techniques reduce energy and water use, improve indoor air quality, are sensitive to site development issues, incorporate environmentally friendly building materials, and more. Building green benefits:
Benefits to Design and Construction Professionals
Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan predicts annual construction growth through 2009 will include over 13 million square feet of residential (single and multifamily) construction, and over 5 million square feet of commercial and industrial construction. With Seattle positioned as a national leader in green building, opportunities to go green abound.
Developers and design and construction professionals benefit from employing green building practices in many ways:
Benefits to Building Owners and Occupants
Contrary to popular belief, green building may not always cost more. If it does, a price premium of 1-3% can also pay back over time, and provide the following benefits:
Benefits to Seattle's Communities and the Environment
Many benefits of green building don’t register on the bottom line of the developer, design or construction professional or building owner or occupant. But the benefits are still tangible and valuable:
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