Sustainable (Green) Building Basics

Buildings account for one-sixth of the world's fresh water withdrawals, one-quarter of its wood harvest, and two-fifths of its material and energy flows (Roodmen and Lenssen, 1995).  Building "green" is an opportunity to use our resources efficiently while creating healthier buildings that improve human health, build a better environment, and provide cost savings. 

Visit the California Integrated Waste Management Board website for green building basics, a green building tool kit, green building case studies, and helpful information and resources.

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