According to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings in the United States consume 70% of total electricity and 39% of all energy, as well as generate 39% of our total carbon footprint. They also represent 40% of raw material use and 30% of all waste output. Whether it be in the planning, design, construction, and operation of our homes, buildings on campus, or our local government headquarters, buildings represent one of our greatest social liabilities in Wisconsin when we consider the long-term costs of energy and material resources, not to mention the change occurring in climate and ecosystem adaptations. We are clearly at a point where it no longer makes sense, economic or otherwise, to build and/or rehabilitate buildings that don’t produce as much energy as they consume. As we think about personal, professional, and civic choices in building design and life cycle costs, we hope you will find the links below of interest and assistance in making choices that make sense for the next generation.
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