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Green Building Market Expected to Increase Dramatically

green building statistics

The green building trend has been skyrocketing over the past several years.  More people are building green - some are going all green and some just want to include a few green features.  We found some interesting statistics that support this big push towards green building.

In the United States alone, buildings account for (According to USGBC):

72% of electricity consumption 
39% of energy use
38% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
40% of raw materials use
30% of waste output (136 million tons annually)
14% of potable water consumption

After reading these, it makes a lot of sense to start going green.  You spend a little more upfront to save precious resources, but also money on monthly utilities.  What do you think?  Would you rather spend additional money upfront to save in the long run?