21 Countries Celebrate World Green Building Week

The World Green Building Council celebrated World Green Building Week last week, as 21 countries hosted festivals and discussions to promote environmentally friendly building practices. The World Green Building Council has also released a report outlining the impact of building green.

“According to the United Nations Environment Programme, buildings consume between 30-40% of global energy. There is no single larger global contributor – and thereby potential reducer – of carbon than the building sector,” the report states. The Council points out that the building sector also supplies jobs, employing 5-10% of the workforce in most countries. Therefore by practicing green building, countries will tackle environmental issues while creating jobs for their nation’s people.

The World Green Building Council reports that while green buildings typically cost up to 5% more than standard buildings during construction, they can reduce waste output by 70%, water usage by 40% and energy usage by 30-50%. “As we also strive to radically reduce carbon emissions we can’t miss these win-win opportunities – tackling global climate change and meeting local priorities,” says Paul King, CEO of the UK Green Building Council.

Green building helps to reduce the energy and water use of a building through building automation and energy management, while incorporating air quality control to produce safe environments to live and work. These issues are more pertinent than ever since Americans now consume an average of 100 gallons of water per day and indoor air pollution is typically two to five times higher than the levels found outdoors, according to Earth911.com.

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