There is a variety of reasons to go green, but most come back to supply and demand. We have a limited amount of resources available and more and more people using them up. If we want our future generations to enjoy the same standard of living we've experienced, we need to take action.
Green building is a great place to start, as buildings consume 14% of potable water, 40% of raw materials, and 39% of energy in the United States alone (according to the US Green Building Council). That's 15 trillion gallons of water and 3 billion tons of raw materials each year! If that's not enough to convince you, here are some other reasons to go green:
For The Environment
Want to make the world a better place? Implementing green practices into your home or office can help reduce waste, conserve natural resources, improve both air and water quality, and protect ecosystems and biodiversity.
For The Savings
Want to make your dollar go further? Green systems and materials reduce energy consumption, which in turn reduce your energy bills. They also increase asset value and profits and decrease marketing time; making your dollar go further for longer.
For Your Health
Want to live healthier? Green building isn't just good for the environment; it's also good for YOU. Sustainable design and technology enhance a resident's overall quality of life by improving air and water quality and reducing noise pollution. According to a 2006 study by the Center of the Built Environment, University of California, green office buildings improve productivity and employee satisfaction in the workplace.
An abundance of green service professionals and products are available to help you get started. For more information, contact Michael today.
What is Green Building
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, "Generally, green homes are healthier, more comfortable, more durable, and more energy efficient and have a much smaller environmental footprint than conventional homes."
Sustainable properties are the future of the real estate industry. Consumer demand, residential builders, federal government incentives, and local government policy are making this happen. Many consumers, real estate professionals, and property owners are taking steps towards greening their properties.
Want to learn more about the green industry or conduct some research on sustainable real estate practices and policies? We currently put together a series of resources to help!
U.S. Green Building Council
Illinois Green Alliance
National Association of Home Builders – Certified Green Professionals (CGP)
Residential Energy Services Network – Home Energy Professionals
The American Institute of Architects
American Society of Interior Designers
Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency
Funding Opportunities – National, State, & Local Programs
State-Specific Information, Incentives, and Credits
US Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by state
Database for State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Energy Efficiency Programs in Illinois