"How much more does traditional building cost you than green?" We're glad people are starting to turn the question around: with oil not far from $100 a barrel, it's easy enough to see that energy efficiency can save money in the long run. As this Utne Reader article brings out, lots of things about green building actually save money.
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What's more, some big shifts are starting in the green marketplace... as the article points out:
• The softening housing market is creating more demand for houses and neighborhoods that incorporate green features, because buyers have more to choose from.
• A new wave of eco-conscious shoppers doesn't have time for lengthy research and reflection: they want green solutions, ready-to-go.
We've got a long way to go to a green future. Buildings account for about 40% of energy consumption in the US, but in a recent survey cited by the article, only 0.3 percent of U.S. homes were identified as "truly green," meaning that they incorporated several environmentally friendly building features.
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• Bottom line: is going green worth the cost?