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United States Green Building Council

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Benefits of Green Building

Green building is cost-effective 1. Upfront investment in green building makes properties more valuable, with an average expected increase in value of 4 percent. By virtue of lowered maintenance and energy costs the return on investment from green building is rapid: green retrofit projects are...
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Green infrastructure: back to basics

Green infrastructure is any practice that uses or replicates natural systems to achieve the desired outcome. This includes green roofs, bioswales and rain gardens. Green roofs replicate meadows to retain water and restore habitats on the top of buildings. Green infrastructure does not exclusively mean...
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Benchmarking in cities

USGBC local communities around the country are helping cities jumpstart their building performance benchmarking efforts. And the results are pretty exciting. After four years of benchmarking in New York City, buildings there are using almost 15 percent less energy according to MIT professor David Hsu...
Policy report

Green building policy case studies, New Mexico

First adopted in 2007, and most recently renewed in 2015, New Mexico’s Sustainable Building Tax Credit supports the greening of many building types across the state. Released in October, 2017, this case study captures the impacts of this landmark policy and highlights the context and...
Briefing paper

Green Codes Policy Brief - LEED recognition for California projects

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) green building certification has transformed how the building industryand the public consider sustainability in the built environment. The most recent update to LEED, known as LEED v4, is the new standard for high-performance