& World Report (06/09/16) Brodwin, David
The best carbon reduction strategy is likely boosting building efficiency so structures use less energy, according to a new report from the U.S. Green Building Council and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC). "Building improvements are probably the largest single opportunity for carbon reduction in our entire economy," writes American Sustainable Business Council co-founder David Brodwin. "A typical LEED-certified building uses about 25-percent less energy and belches out 25-percent less carbon dioxide than a comparable non-LEED building." Brodwin cites an ASBC analysis estimating nearly 150 million metric tons of carbon would be prevented from discharging into the air by 2025 if all new and retrofitted buildings were LEED-compliant. "By 2050, LEED-related savings could cover nearly 10 percent of the entire U.S. commitment," he notes. Brodwin also points to research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Real Estate about the cost of LEED construction compared to conventional construction. "Researchers found that green buildings really don't cost more to build than conventional buildings," he says. In addition, Brodwin notes because energy-efficient buildings offer major savings in energy and impose negligible additional building costs, they are appealing to developers and property owners.