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Why Green

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) there are some 5 million commercial buildings and 76 million residential building in the U.S. today. In just a few years, by 2010, an estimated 38 million more buildings are forecast to be built. Together, the buildings where we live and work have an enormous impact on the environment and our natural resources.

Buildings in the U.S. consume:
  • 1/3 of all the energy used in the U.S.
  • 2/3 of all the electricity used in the U.S.
  • 12% of potable water in the U.S.

Buildings in the U.S. produce:
  • 30% of all "greenhouse gas" emissions that scientists say are responsible for global climate change.
  • 35% of carbon dioxide emissions
  • 49% of sulfur dioxide emissions
  • 25% of nitrous oxide emissions.
  • 10% of particulate emissions

Green building seeks to address these problems by using integrated designódesign that takes into consideration the interrelationships and interaction of the whole building within its environment and of all building components and systems.

As the result of using integrated design successfully, green buildings will be:
  • Environmentally sound
  • Conserve resources and use them efficiently
  • Use renewable forms of energy
  • Minimize waste
  • Minimize pollution
  • Minimize other environmental impacts
  • Reduce operating and maintenance costs
  • Address issues within the community infrastructure

In addition, green buildings have been shown to have economic benefits, health and safety benefits, and community benefits too.

Green building makes good sense at every level. That's why Taco and many other diverse organizations are adding their efforts to green building. As a result, green building is growing fast. Every day, more building owners, developers, designers and architects, engineers, builders and contractors are making sustainable building a priority in their work. There is also a rapidly growing number of private and governmental programs at the local, state and national level to promote green building and support those who want to use the principles and techniques in their building projects.