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Taking TheLEED » Blog Archive » U.S. Green Building Council Facts and Figures: "U.S. Green Building Council Facts and Figures
Thanks to the U.S. Green Building Council, green building isn’t just a fly-by-night operation. With the development of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the Green Building Council created a set standard practices and the rating systems to certify that a building is, indeed, green.
Why green building?
Many companies in the sustainable building industry extol the virtues of their trade; environmentalists talk about the damage we’re doing to our world. Some of what they say may seem unbelievable, but statistics point out the truth.
According to the Green Building Council, U.S. buildings use:
• 72% of electricity
• 39% of energy
• 38% of carbon dioxide emissions
• 40% of raw materials used
• 30% of waste output
• 14% of potable water consumption"