Certified Buildings Have Lower Climate Impact

Jan. 6, 2015

Improvements extend beyond energy efficiency to carbon emissions.

While commercial buildings certified under the LEED program can consume less energy than traditional buildings, a new study shows that the benefits may not stop there – green features such as water management and recycling provide facilities with an even smaller carbon footprint.

Not only were LEED-certified buildings shown to use less energy than their non-certified counterparts, they also reduced GHG emissions from water consumption by 50%, cut waste management-related emissions by 48%, and cut 5% from transportation-related emissions. The study notes a variety of improvements that create these deep cuts, specifically mentioning water-efficient landscaping, recycling programs, and commuter benefit programs.

The analysis, performed by UC Berkeley’s Center for Resource Efficient Communities, examined the performance of over 100 LEED-certified buildings in California, focusing on a variety of climate-impacts.

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