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Green Building refers to the design, construction and operations of buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. It's a practice that is transforming the industry.

The Green Building Market Today.

The effect buildings have on our environment is profound. Buildings are human habitat. The spaces in which we work, live and learn are integral to our quality of life and the health of our planet. Green buildings are healthier, have a smaller environmental footprint, use less energy and cost less to operate. Fortunately, commercial developers are increasingly utilizing green building materials and designs to reduce these figures. The United States Green Building Council USGBCprovides estimates for the number of LEED certified projects. LEED(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) was 1st established in 1998 to establish standards for evaluating buildings in six general areas 1) Sustainability 2)Water Efficiency 3)Energy Management; 4)Materials and resources 5)Indoor Environmental Air Quality; and 6)Innovative Design. The ratings start at certified (26 to 32 points), Silver(33 to 38 points), Gold (39 to 51 points) and Platinum(52 to 69 points). The higher the rating, the more benefits the project enjoys such as tax encentives, expedited permit reviews, reduced waste and operating costs. Most of these projects are for new construction but the system also applies to existing buildings which undergo renovation and for new housing/ neighborhood designs.

New laws from the federal government are moving the whole movement along. The US Department of Energy offers several tax credits and tax deductions for the use of energy-efficient appliances, systems and buildings pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005. For Commercial buildings, the deduction may be as much as $1.80 per square foot in buildings that cut their energy use by half. The DOE also has a program of $2 billion in loan guarantees to help spur investment in projects that employ new energy technologies. The Energy Policy Act also provides a credit of up to 30% on your taxes for commercial purchases of qualified photovoltaic (Solar) systems. A substantial amount of money if one installs a solar system. In California, under the CA Solar Initiative, the state is planning to create 3,000 Megawatts of new solar-produced electricity by 2017. This is being done in large part by the CSI cash rebate system of up to $2.50 per watt of solar produced power. New laws and changes have been coming in that provide other incentives for private developers including credits for Title 24 energy fees and expedited permit processing for solar systems.

The future of real estate is here today and it is time to embrace it. Imagine entire communities of solar-powered homes with tankless water heaters and recycled building materials, costs for energy are low and everyone can live in a community designed to assist the environment and not harm it. While it once may have been viewed as eccentric or even quirky, green buildings are here to stay and will dominate design concepts for the future. New office buildings might one day be completely powered by solar energy, built with recycled products, and use only a fraction of the water used in existing buildings. All new buildings will soon have automatic light dimmers that are triggered when natural sunlight shines through the windows. Buildings will certainly be less expensive to operate as energy efficiency will correlate to bottom line savings. Surveys report that tenant occupancies are more consistent and last longer in green buildings and people working in environmentally friendly buildings tend to be more productive and lead happier, healthier lives. Corporate America is buying into the idea and tenants are starting to make these demands. For example, a tenant for an office building under construction recently in Chicago required a Gold LEED standard in their lease. Recently, the prominent accounting firm of Ernst and Young predicted that the failure of developments to go green in the future could lower the value of these conventional buildings.

The next 10 years will bring about more advances in building development than any other 10 year period according to the experts. California will continue to set the standards for others to emulate. Global Green Builders has jumped aboard this train and we are extremely excited about building the future. Join our future and help us leave the world in a better place.

In the United States alone, buildings account for:

  • 65% of all electricity consumption

  • 36% of energy use.

  • 30% of all Greenhouse gas emissions.

  • 30% of raw materials use

  • 30% of waste output(136 million tons annually) and

  • 12% of potable water consumption

Green Buildings Reduce:

  • 30-50% of energy use

  • 35% of Carbon Emissions

  • 40% of water use.

  • 70% of solid waste

  • Save $58 Billion of sick time from work annually

  • Add $180 Billion of increased worker productivity


Average Payback time is 12 to 24 months.

Average Payback over the Buildings Lifetime is 20%

The following articles/links are extremely relevant to the Green building movement.

The City of Los Angeles has adopted new sustainable/or Green standards for new construction:

Download LA City Council Standards PDF

LEEDs: The organization which created and manages it. http://www.usgbc.org/

Download Global Green Concrete PDF


CA Regulations on Green Building:

Download Global Green Concrete PDF

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