Green building refers to a type of structure that utilizes and demonstrates environmental stewardship and resource conservation throughout its entire lifespan, from construction, operations, maintenance, renovation to demolition.
According to the Energy Information Administration, buildings in the United States:
Compared to standard buildings, green buildings have been shown by the U.S. General Services Administration to:
Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans spend nearly 90% of their time inside buildings, improvements within the building industry can have a vast impact. That is why GBA continually seeks to further its role as a nonprofit catalyst for environmentally sound building practices, materials and healthy indoor environments.