CAN GREEN BUILDING DESIGN SOLVE OUR NATION’S BUILDING ENERGY CRISIS?


Currently, the overall state of the country and the world is at risk and close to the point of no return. Firstly, average temperatures across the planet have risen 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit since 1890. Climate change is a major issue because our environment has seen catastrophic changes in the last century. Concentrations of CO2 have risen from 280ppm to 395ppm since 1890. CO2 is currently rising at a rate of 2ppm every year which is quickly approaching the aforementioned point of no return. (Friedman) A major component of CO2 emissions in the United States is our building infrastructure. Buildings account for 39% of CO2 emissions and consume 70% of the electricity load in the U.S. Furthermore, CO2 emissions from buildings are projected to grow faster than any other sector in the next 25 years. 15 million new buildings are project to be constructed by 2015. Continue reading

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