Self-sustaining buildings are on the rise
Last year, there were more than 13,500 commercial buildings certified to meet the
U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
standards in the U.S. Another 30,000 applied, and LEED has spread to 139 countries.
New technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:
- Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
- Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
- Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation