The Cost-Effectiveness of Building Green

The Cost-Effectiveness of Building Green

This article examines available research on the cost of green buildings and explores sources of the misconception green buildings cost more than conventional buildings.

In the building-design and construction industry, “green” strategies and techniques commonly are believed to add significant cost to budgets. In fact, a Building Design+Construction magazine survey1 puts the percentage of architecture, engineering, and construction firms believing green building costs more than traditional methods of design and construction at 85, with 41 percent of those firms believing green building costs at least 11 percent more (

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