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Greening Our Built World

Costs, Benefits, and Strategies

 Greening Our Built World
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Greg Kats

280 pages | 65 | 8 x 10.5

“Green” buildings—buildings that use fewer resources to build and to sustain—are commonly thought to be too expensive to attract builders and buyers. But are they? The answer to this question has enormous consequences, since residential and commercial buildings together account for nearly 50% of American energy consumption—including at least 75% of electricity usage—according to recent government statistics.


This eye-opening book reports the results of a large-scale study based on extensive financial and technical analyses of more than 150 green buildings in the U.S. and ten other countries. It provides detailed findings on the costs and financial benefits of building green. According to the study, green buildings cost roughly 2% more to build than conventional buildings—far less than previously assumed—and provide a wide range of financial, health and social benefits. In addition, green buildings reduce energy use by an average of 33%, resulting in significant cost savings.


Greening Our Built World also evaluates the cost effectiveness of “green community development” and presents the results of the first-ever survey of green buildings constructed by faith-based organizations. Throughout the book, leading practitioners in green design—including architects, developers, and property owners—share their own experiences in building green. A compelling combination of rock-solid facts and specific examples, this book proves that green design is both cost-effective and earth-friendly.

"Everyone who is serious about climate change should get this book. Greg Kats brings a deep knowledge of energy and construction to show that the benefits of green construction outweigh the costs and could jump-start a national revolution toward the use of renewable energy sources."
Don Kennedy, president emeritus, Stanford University; Bing Professor of EnvScience and Policy

"By every measure, green building is an idea whose time is now. Kats' ongoing work in this area is part of the reason, and this book will be an invaluable resource to builders, cities and companies on why and how to cost-effectively green their own built worlds."
Rick Fedrizzi, President and CEO, USGBC

"Building green offers the potential for important health and economic benefits. As our nation faces the twin mandates to improve health and control costs, analyses such as this one— including full benefit accounting— are indispensable."
Howard Frumkin, Director, National Center for ENV Health/ ATSTR, CDC

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About Good Energies
-Goals and Approach
-Building Green: Costs, Benefits, and Potential
PART I. Costs and Benefits of Green Building
-The Cost of Building Green
-Energy-Use Reductions
-Advanced Energy-Use Reductions
-Water-Related Savings
-Green Affordable Housing: Enterprise's Green Communities
-Health and Productivity Benefits of Green Buildings
-Green Health Care: Assessing Costs and Benefits
-Employment Benefits of Green Buildings
-Property Benefits of Building Green
-Net Financial Impacts of Green Buildings for Owners and Occupants
PART II. Costs and Benefits of Green Community Design
-What is a Green Community?
-Setting the Stage for Sustainable Urbanism
-Financial Impacts of Green Community Design
-Transportation and Health Impacts of Green Community Design
-Property Value and Market Impacts
-The Market Rediscovers Walkable Urbanism
-Social Impacts of Green Communities
-Cost Savings in Ecologically Designed Conservation Developments
-International Green Building
-Financial Impact of Green Communities
PART III. Communities of Faith Building Green
-Faith Groups in the Green Vanguard
-Methodology and Findings
-Impact of Green Buildings in Faith Communities
-Financial Stewardship
PART IV. Green Design, Climate Change, and the Economy: Potential Impacts in the United States
-Energy Consumption
-Renewable Energy
-Carbon Dioxide Emissions
-Financial Impact
Conclusion: Realizing the Value of Green Buildings and Communities
-Perspective 1A: Architect Bob Fox on the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park
-Perspective 1B: Water-Saving Strategies: Oregon health Sciences University Center for Healthy and Healing
-Perspective 1C: Birth of the Green Branch Bank
-Perspective 1D: Green Building as Corporate Social Responsibility
-Perspective 1E: Investing in Brownfields
-Perspective 1F: Measuring Consumer Demand for Green Homes
-Perspective 2A: Monitoring Performance at the LEED Platinum Center for Neighborhood Technology
-Perspective 2B: A Greener Economic Recovery
-Perspective 2C: Green Buildings in China
-Appendix A: Data-Collection Methodology
-Appendix B: Source List
-Appendix C: Green Buildings Data Set
-Appendix D: Comparison of Data Set to LEED-New Construction Buildings
-Appendix E: Baselines Used in Cost and Benefits Estimates
-Appendix F: Issues in Reseraching the Cost of Green Building
-Appendix G: Cost of Energy-Efficiency and Renewable=energy Measures
-Appendix H: Energy Use Baselines and Standards
-Appendix I: Verifying the Energy Performance of LEED Buildings
-Appendix J: Assumptions Used for Calculations of Water Savings
-Appendix K: Assumptions Used in the Modeling of Health Benefits
-Appendix L: Types of Green Community
-Appendix M: Green Building Survey Instrument
-Appendix N: Assumptions
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