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Energy & Climate Change - New Buildings & Construction

The built environment has a vast impact on the natural environment, human health, and the economy. In the United States, buildings account for 39 percent of total energy use, 68 percent of total electricity consumption and 38 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions. By adopting green building strategies, retailers can maximize both economic and environmental performance. Green construction methods can be integrated into buildings at any stage, from design and construction, to renovation and deconstruction. However, the most significant benefits can be obtained if the design and construction team takes an integrated approach from the earliest stages of a building project.

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Sustainability Resources

EPA provides information to:

  • reduce emissions of ozone-depleting substances greenhouse gases;
  • improve the energy efficiency of your buildings and appliances;
  • identify renewable power sources
  • to conserve natural resources and energy by managing materials more efficiently.

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