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Pollution Prevention and Green Purchasing | Economic Benefits of Green Building


This section provides information on the economic benefits of green building. EPA's Green Building program and the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency Portal are two examples.


Buildings and Life-Cycle Costing Exit EPA Disclaimer provides information on the economic evaluation of these costs to give those involved in the design and ownership of a building some basis for selecting the best investment in buildings or building systems.

Costing Green: A Comprehensive Cost Database and Budgeting Methodology Exit EPA Disclaimer is a paper that provides an economic evaluation of the costs to give those involved in the design and ownership of a building some basis for selecting the best investment in buildings or building systems. (July 2004)

Economic Benefits of Green Building Design is a presentation for government decision makers.

Actual Costs-Is Building Green too Expensive? Exit EPA Disclaimer is an excerpt from the book Building Green in a Black and White World.

General Services Agency LEED Cost Study (PDF) (578 pp, 3.79MB, About PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer provides comprehensive analysis the costs to develop "green" federal facilities using the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System, Version 2.1. (October 2004).

Managing the Cost of Green Buildings (PDF) (88 pp, 376K, About PDF) provides general cost-saving strategies for green building, and by exploring the cost issues associated with four specific building types in the context of the green building rating systems. (October 2003)

What Every State Executive Should Know About Sustainable Buildings information from California on what are sustainable buildings, how sustainable buildings create a healthier workplace, and the executive's role in promoting sustainable building practices.

New Air Quality Standards Report Knocks Down Economic Stumbling Blocks to Green Building Exit EPA Disclaimer provides evidence that building green is not cost prohibitive.

Life-Cycle Cost Programs for the Federal Energy Management Program is a program developed by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology to provide computational support for the analysis of capital investments in buildings.




U.S. EPA's Energy Star Building Manual: Financing (PDF) (13 pp, 1.4MB, About PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer provides information on how energy performance projects may be different from many other business investments and how to finance energy efficient purchases.

Energy-10: Tool to Identify Cost-effective, Energy Saving Measures is a PC-based design tool for architects and building designers of small commercial and residential buildings.

RETScreen Renewable Energy Project Analysis Software Exit EPA Disclaimer offers information to build the capacity of planners, decision-makers and industry to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

CFL Economics: Lifetime Economics of Compact Fluorescent Lamps and Incandescent Lamps Exit EPA Disclaimer enables users to determine, among other things, at what point in time the lower operating cost of a more efficient lamp offsets its typically higher purchase price.

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