By Pascal Lenormand and Anne Rialhe, AERE
According to this new briefing paper, by AERE, Green Buildings need not be expensive. Thirty three case studies in the USA shows that green construction may add a few percents to the cost of constructing a new building. When considering that 86% of the lifetime operating cost of a building is in the salaries of its occupants, these additional costs are earned back quickly, and several times over.
Buildings also offer significant scope for reducing energy consumption and contributing to climate change mitigation. In this paper, the authors ask to what extent regulation is justified, and how to address the education challenge for the construction industry and end-users.
This paper is presented in 'Green buildings: the impact of construction with high environmental quality'.Log in to post comments