What is green building?

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6 Aug 2014

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What is green building? It’s a simple question that we get a lot here at USGBC, but not one where it’s always easy to find a simple answer. 

The definition of green building

Green building is a holistic concept that starts with the understanding that the built environment can have profound effects, both positive and negative, on the natural environment, as well as the people who inhabit buildings every day. Green building is an effort to amplify the positive and mitigate the negative of these effects throughout the entire life cycle of a building. 

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