Leadership Discussion: Green building and ConstructionAug 09

Any consideration of the future of green industries, green policies, or the green movement itself must take into account the built environment. The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, economy, health, and productivity.
In the United States alone, buildings account for:
•    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), and
•    14% of potable water consumption.
This Leadership Discussion was with Emile Chin-Dickey, LEED-AP, Sustainability and Energy Design Principal. Mr. Chin-Dickey manages Sustainability Consulting and Energy Design projects for the firm.
GCG discussed the Leadership in Energy Efficient Design was developed by the US Green Building Council as a system to certify the greenest buildings in the world. LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

Key questions we would like to investigate:
What are some of the challenges and drawbacks to green construction and building?
What are the business opportunities in Green design for residential and commercial construction?
How are companies and governments capitalizing on green design movements?
How can green design/construction be coupled with other policy or economic goals to encourage implementation?

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