Green Building Statistics

The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, economy, health, and productivity.

Did you know that 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 is why Green Building is so important, the benefits of green building will enhance and protect ecosystems and biodiversity, improve air and water quality, reduce solid waste and conserve natural resources.

The Economic benefits will reduce operating costs, enhance asset value and profits improve employee productivity and satisfaction and optimize life-cycle economic performance.  

Health and community benefits will improve air, thermal, and acoustic environments, enhance occupant comfort and health, minimize strain on local infrastructure and contribute to overall quality of life.   

More statistics on the built environment in the U.S. and the growing size of USGBC membership and LEED are available in our Green Building Facts document.

Also for more information on building green, please visit


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