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Going Green with Sustainable Buildings [Infographic]

Going Green with Sustainable Buildings [Infographic]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says green building is the practice of creating structures and processes that are environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle, from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.  

The U.S. Green Building Council established the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) 15 years ago. According to the council, “LEED®-certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.”

Skyline Tower, a 14-story, LEED®-certified structure in Champaign located only a few blocks from the University of Illinois campus, was at full occupancy prior to the building’s opening in 2014 and continues to be a popular location. Read more about 519 E Green in the 2016 – Spring Edition of MSA Today.

We’ve put together this infographic with some interesting facts about going green. 

  • In 2015, Illinois ranked top in LEED®-certified space per capita in the United States for the third year in a row.
  • Compared with a conventional building, green buildings use 26% less energy and produce 33% less greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Green buildings improve air and water quality, conserve natural resources and protect ecosystems.
  • Global demand for sustainable buildings will double by 2018.
  • The cost of green building is only an additional two percent to the cost of building.
Contact MSA's Maranna Binder for more information on sustainable planning.

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