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With their bold commitment to healthier, more efficient, greener buildings for all, USGBC members are creating a lasting legacy—for future generations and for our planet.

members are creating a lasting legacy—for future generations and for our planet. legacy U.S. Green Building

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U.S. Green Building Council

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ”

Buckminster Fuller

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as

Rachel Carson

contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as

Buildings account for

41

%

of energy consumption

13 .6 %

of water use

40

%

of raw materials consumed worldwide

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it. ”

Robert Swan

“What we care about most are the people inside the buildings. healthy places are a basic human right.

“What we care about most are the people inside the buildings. healthy places are a basic

Rick Fedrizzi

“What we care about most are the people inside the buildings. healthy places are a basic

Buildings account for 38% of all u.s. carbon dioxide emissions.

account for 38% of all u.s. carbon dioxide emissions . LEED Gold buildings were found to

LEED Gold buildings were found to have 34% lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to the average commercial building.

“For the sake of our health, our children and grandchildren and even our economic well-being, we must make protecting the planet our top priority.

and grandchildren and even our economic well-being, we must make protecting the planet our top priority.

David Suzuki

Green buildings can reduce

energy use by

water use by

solid waste by

50

40

70

%

%

%

“We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance.

“We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance. ” Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli

“We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance. ” Benjamin Disraeli

By 2015 an estimated 40–48% of new nonresidential construction by value will be green,

40–48% of new nonresidential construction by value will be green , equating to a $120–145 billion
40–48% of new nonresidential construction by value will be green , equating to a $120–145 billion

equating to a $120–145 billion opportunity.

“We have a choice to make during our brief visit to this beautiful blue and green living planet: to hurt it or to help it.

to make during our brief visit to this beautiful blue and green living planet: to hurt

Ray Anderson

statistics credits buildings account for 41% of energy consumption, by sector National Trust for Historic Preservation (2011). The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse.

buildings account for 13.6% of water use, (15 trillion gallons per year) U.S. Geological Survey (2000). 2000 data.

buildings account for 40% of raw materials consumed worldwide, (3 billion tons per year) Lenssen and Roodman (1995). Worldwatch Paper 124: A Building Revolution: How Ecology and Health Concerns are Transforming Construction. Worldwatch Institute.

buildings account for 38% of all u.s. carbon dioxide emissions. Energy Information Administration (2008). Assumptions to the Annual Energy Outlook.

leed gold buildings were found to have 34% lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to the average commercial building. U.S. Department of Energy (2011). Re-Assessing Green Building Performance: A Post Occupancy Evaluation of 22 Buildings.

green buildings can reduce energy use by 50% Turner ,C and Frankel, M. (2008). Energy performance of LEED for New Construction buildings: Final report

green buildings can reduce water use by 40% Kats, G. (2003) The Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Building: A Report to California’s Sustainable Building Task Force

green buildings can reduce solid waste by 70% Kats, G. (2003) The Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Building: A Report to California’s Sustainable Building Task Force

by 2015, an estimated 40-48% of new nonresidential construction by value will be green, equating to a $120-145 billion opportunity. McGraw Hill Construction (2010). Green Outlook 2011: Green Trends Driving Growth.

photo credits p.2: taipei 101 tower. Taipei, Taiwan. leed platinum (existing buildings). Photo credit: Taipei Financial Center Corp.

p.5: foshan lingnan tiandi development. Foshan, China. leed gold (neighborhood development). Photo credit: SOL & (Shui On Land)

p.8: adlai e. stevenson high school. Lincolnshire, IL. leed gold for existing buildings. Photo credit: James Steinkamp Photography

p.11: dockside green. Victoria, BC, Canada. leed platinum (neighborhood development). Photo credit: Terry Lam

p.12: foshan lingnan tiandi development. Foshan, China. leed gold (neighborhood development). Photo credit: SOL & (Shui On Land)

p.16: whistler crossing. Riverdale, IL. leed certified (neighborhood development). Photo courtesy of Farr Associates

p.20: park library. San Francisco, CA. leed gold (commercial interiors). Photographer: David Wakely

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