a. Recent studies reveal that buildings with good overall environmental quality can reduce allergies, asthma and even enhance your performance at work. b. Carpeting adhesives, paint, and other modern construction materials can produce gasses that are harmful to humans and animals. 2. Improved Schools
a. An estimated 40% of schools in the United States are subject to poor environmental conditions that compromise the health and learning of students. b. The healthier environment and atmosphere in school buildings utilizing green design and construction principles is shown to lead to significant reductions in student absenteeism and improvements in test scores.
B. Another reason why green buildings matters to us is from environmental point of view 1. Emissions Reduction
a. Pollutants released by fossil fuel fired electricity contribute to global climate change, cause air quality issues such as acid rain and smog, and pose risks to human health. b. Green building techniques like solar powering, daylighting, and facilitation of public transport increase energy efficiency and reduce harmful emissions. 2. Temperature Moderation
a. The heat retention properties...