Green Building

Green buildings help to boost neighborhoods and local businesses

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 16:22

Driving through a neighborhood in America may allow an onlooker to notice the increasingly popular use of rooftop solar panels by homeowners, a practice which has gained momentum because of the many cost-saving benefits posed by these products and similar energy efficient technology.
The use of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ranking system has also led to many people seeing that "greening" a residence can also up the value of the property.
Many states have signed on to programs that help homeowners afford these projects, especially given the number of jobs and economic development that are projected to occur in the coming years because of the increased use of energy efficient technology, according to The Atlantic.
The U.S. Green Building Council predicted that green building and associated construction will support or create nearly 8 million jobs between 2009-2013 and contribute roughly $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product during this period.
There is also a higher demand for healthier working and living space from both commercial and residential owners, and companies headquartered in green buildings have been shown to have a competitive advantage during the recruiting process, a study in the American Journal for Public Health noted.
Improved indoor environmental quality in LEED-certified buildings has contributed to reductions in work hours missed because of asthma, respiratory allergies, depression, and stress while helping to increase productivity.
This is why installing technology like radiant heating systems helps a company or homeowner in several ways, as it helps to provide a healthier atmosphere while also limiting waste. Radiant heating systems also help to reduce long-term operating costs for a residence, as they require less energy to provide warmth.