Building Sustainability into the Construction Sector

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Building Sustainability into the Construction Sector

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Monday, May 14, 2012 - 6:15pm

Sustainability is a big issue in the construction sector. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, 39 percent of the country's CO2 emissions come from buildings, which also account for 40 percent of energy consumption, 13 percent of water consumption and 15 percent of GDP. Such impressive figures spell opportunity for the sustainable building sector.

The council manages the internationally recognized LEED certification issued to buildings that meet certain environmental benchmarks, including site development, water conservation, energy efficiency, use of sustainable materials and indoor environmental. The top award is LEED Platinum. Several companies are trying to conform to the standard, including some high profile ones.

General Motors has said it expects one of its engine plants being constructed in Brazil to be awarded a LEED certificate, an indication that automotive companies are looking to building sustainability to boost their green credentials.

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Antonio Pasolini is a Corporate Social Responsibility writer for Justmeans, Antonio Pasolini is a journalist based in Brazil who writes about alternative energy, green living and sustainability. He also edits Energyrefuge.com, a top web destination for news and comment on renewable energy and Elpis.org, a recycled paper bag/magazine distributed from health food stores in London, formerly his hometown for over a decade. He is also a happy herbivore.