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01LectIntro_GB_2008

01LectIntro_GB_2008 - Introduction to Sustainability...

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Introduction to Sustainability & Climate-Responsive Architecture Lecture #1 Tuesday, January 22, 2008
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• 65.2% of total U.S. electricity consumption • 36% of total U.S. primary energy use • 30% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions • 40% of raw materials use globally (3 billion tons annually) • 40% of landfill material in the U.S. (136 million tons annually) • 12% of potable water in the U.S. Environmental Impact of Buildings
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Design and construction practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings on the environment and occupants in five broad areas: • Sustainable site planning • Safeguarding water and water efficiency • Energy efficiency and renewable energy • Conservation of materials and resources • Indoor environmental quality What is “Green” Design?
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Environmental benefits • Reduce the impacts of natural resource consumption Economic benefits • Improve the bottom line Health and safety benefits
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