OnÂ April 22, 2010, just in time for Earth Day,Â Â the AGC (Associated General Contractors of America) Â releasedÂ aÂ report called â€œBuilding a Green Future.” Â Â Itâ€™s a very comprehensive document that provides a blue print for increasing demand, and funding for environmentally conscious construction techniques, and how following these plans wouldÂ make a big impact on our collective carbon footprint going forward .Â Here are some interesting comments from the report:
In the U.S. we use nearly 40 percent of our nationâ€™s energy to power our buildings â€”this includes lighting, heating and cooling, appliances and electronics. Accordingly, our buildings accounted for 35 percent of the nationâ€™s total manmade greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2008.Residential and nonresidential buildings also use approximately 13 percent of all potable water and 40 percent of the non-food/fuel raw materials use.
By one estimate, the landscape of our buildings will be altered 75 percent by the year 2035 through the typical pace of change: from new development, complete demolition and redevelopment to the major renovation of existing buildings.
The report provides some interesting definitions of â€œGreen Building”, for both commercial and residential projects, andÂ provides a road map of numerous steps, that if used in our construction projects going forward, could make a substantial improvement in our environment.Â Â You can take a look at the entire report here.