Sustainable buildings meet high standards in siting, orientation, design, construction, and energy efficiency—and all of these elements are measurable.
are measurable. Sustainable buildings are better for the environment and their occupants than nonsustainable buildings. This can be illustrated by comparing similar buildings after construction. For example, of two buildings on the University of Florida campus of similar size and functionality, the green building is approximately 37 percent more efficient (Figure 5-1) than a building that employs standard construction principles. Premium costs incurred during construction are recovered with the savings accrued by operating a sustainable building.
From a visit to the Department of Energy and the U.S. Green Building Council websites, one can appreciate the studies that illustrate the negative impacts of buildings on the environment, including the amount of energy consumed. The university knows there are environmental, economic, and productivity benefits to erecting sustainable buildings. During the workshop, there were discussions about improving the quality of air, water, and the environment in general, observed Armaghani. She noted that people spend an average of 80–90 percent