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What Building Owners Need to Know about Green Building Rating Systems

green buildingWhen it comes to green building rating systems, facility owners have several choices. Because of this, it’s important for them to have some familiarity with the most widely recognized green building programs in the US — LEED, Green Globes, Energy Star and the Living Building Challenge — says Lawrence Clark, principal, Sustainable Performance Solutions, in an HPAC Engineering article.

Clark’s article describes the four programs, highlighting their similarities and differences.

Green buildings cost less to operate and have a smaller carbon footprint, according to a recent US General Services Administration survey.

The study compared one year of operating data and surveys of green building occupants, compared to the national average of commercial buildings. It found green government buildings:

  • Cost 19 percent less to maintain
  • Use 25 percent less energy and water
  • Emit 36 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions
  • Have a 27 percent higher rate of occupant satisfaction



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