While the cost for some green products and design may initially be more, there are many benefits and gains from building green. Some of these benefits include:
Up-front investments in green designs and technology can yield financial paybacks over the life of the building through lower utility bills and reduced operating and maintenance costs.
Green buildings are more resource efficient, minimize waste, and reduce the amount of materials ending up in landfills. Also, for every gallon of water or kilowatt-hour of electricity you save, you reduce the amount of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere.
Levels of air pollution inside homes and businesses can be 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels. Using low/non-toxic materials and good ventilation techniques can help to prevent problems like molds, allergens and poor air quality.
Beauty and Comfort
Natural materials, high quality lighting, and good design details make for pleasing spaces. Your home or business can be a refuge from the hectic - and polluted - world outside.
Green buildings are marketable to a larger population. Green elements also represent value: 80% of homebuyers say new homes don't meet their environmental expectations, and 96% said they are willing to pay more for a home with green features.