By making smarter choices about how you build and the products you recommend and use, you can significantly contribute to the health, wealth and well-being of yourself, the families for whom you build, your community, and the world.
What is green building?
In the broadest sense, green building means applying new thinking to the way we build, remodel, renovate and develop our residences and communities. It requires an understanding of the relationships between building site, building design, mechanical systems and other factors. Finally, it mandates a mindset that enables healthy, mutually beneficial relationships between human, technical and natural systems.
Green building goes beyond reducing energy use or improving indoor air quality (though that's a good place to start). It's about addressing the whole system - not just the pieces.
Conventional building methodology views each project in terms of its component parts - the insulation, the wiring, the plumbing, the landscaping, the climate, building orientation, interior finishes, etc. - but green building looks at the interactions between everything. It's a whole-house approach that benefits builders, buyers and the environment.
The Power of Green Building: Everyone Wins
Benefits for homeowners
• Lower utility bills
• Greater comfort
• Better indoor air quality
• Energy-efficient mortgages
• Higher resale prices
Benefits for the nation
• Less reliance on fossil fuels
• Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
• More affordable homes for first-time homebuyers
• Lower medical costs thanks to healthier, safer living conditions
• Job creation in the energy-efficient building materials & equipment industry
U.S. Department of Energy, Building America Program