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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:
Buildings in the U.S. produce:
As the result of using integrated design successfully, green buildings will be:
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.