12 May '12, 12am

Building Sustainability into the Construction Sector

Building Sustainability into the Construction Sector

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 automot...

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