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Costs and Benefits of Greening the Built World

By: Gregory Kats

Island Press

Paperback | Dec 2009 | #181801 | ISBN-13: 9781597266680
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Hardback | Jan 2010 | #181800 | ISBN-13: 9781597266673
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About this book

Green buildings are commonly thought to be too expensive to attract builders and buyers. But are they? The answer to this question has enormous consequences, since residential and commercial buildings together account for nearly 50% of American energy consumption, including at least 75% of electricity usage according to recent government statistics.

This book reports the results of a large-scale study based on extensive financial and technical analyses of more than 150 green buildings in the U.S. and ten other countries. It provides detailed findings on the costs and financial benefits of building green. According to the study, green buildings cost roughly 2% more to build than conventional buildings - far less than previously assumed - and provide a wide range of financial, health and social benefits. In addition, green buildings reduce energy use by an average of 33%, resulting in significant cost savings.

Greening Our Built World also evaluates the cost effectiveness of green community development and presents the results of the first-ever survey of green buildings constructed by faith-based organizations. Throughout the book, leading practitioners in green design, including architects, developers, and property owners share their own experiences in building green.

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Gregory Kats is a managing director of the investment firm Good Energies. He was formerly a managing principal of Capital E, a national clean energy technology consulting firm. Previously he was Director of Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2003 he wrote the first in depth study of the long-term economic benefits of green buildings, The Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Buildings.

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