Published on July 14, 2009
Green Building and Indoor Air Quality
John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
Council Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
AmIAQC CIEC #0711048
Why Build Green? In the United States, buildings account for: 39 percent of total energy use 12 percent of the total water consumption 68 percent of total electricity consumption 38 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions
When you build green, You take affordable housing to the next level of performance. You give owners and residents more comfortable homes that cost less to operate, last longer, and keep occupants healthy. You keep current with leading building techniques and gain valuable experience with a team approach that improves design and construction. And of course, you help improve our environment as your buildings become more efficient, use less resources, and reduce their impact.
Green Predictions “As of 2006, 50% of Builders are focusing their attention on green building issues” National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) March, 2006 “Between 40% and 50% of the homes built in 2010 are expected to be green” National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) March, 2007
How Do You Define Green?
Varying Performance Levels
Green Home Programs
Why Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Home Buyers are increasingly concerned about mold, radon, carbon monoxide, and toxic chemicals commonly found in homes. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies show that levels of air pollution inside the home are often two to five times higher than outdoor levels.
carbon monoxide, and
toxic chemicals commonly found in homes.
Why Does IAQ Matter To Builders Poor indoor air quality is associated with a host of health problems, including; eye irritation, allergies, headaches, and respiratory problems such as asthma.
and respiratory problems such as asthma.
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