Why Green Building is important

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Home Inspector with Premier Property Inspections

Green building is a design and construction practice that promotes the economic health and well being of your family, the environment and your local community.

Green building is necessary for our childrens future.  Below are some of the reasons why.

Water:

  • Older toilets use 3.7-7 gallons per flush

  • Dishwashers normally use 8-14 gallons per cycle

  • Top-loading washers use around 45 gallons/load

  • A dripping water faucet waste 15-21 gallons per day

  • U.S. water users use enough water to fill a line of Olympic-size swimming pools reaching around the world EVERY SINGLE DAY (300 billion gallons)

  • Although our planet is 71 percent water, humans depend on a mere .65 percent of the water for survival - much of which is polluted and is getting worse.

  • About a quarter of the nation's largest industrial plants and water treatment facilities are in serious violation of pollution standards.

  • An estimated 7 million Americans are made sick annually by contaminated tap water; in some rare cases this even results in death.

Indoor Air Quality:

  • US Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air pollution among top five environmental risks. Unhealthy air is found in up to 30% of new and renovated buildings

  • Indoor air pollution causes 14 times more deaths than outdoor air pollution (2.8 million lives)

  • Of hundreds of EPA-regulated chemicals, only ozone and sulfur dioxide are more prevalent outdoor than indoors

  • 20% of all housing in the US has too much lead dust or chippings (causes kidney and red blood cell damage, impairs mental and physical development, may increase high blood pressure)

Wood:

  • Although the US is home to only 4.5 percent of the global population, it is responsible for over 15 percent of the world's consumption of wood.

 Pesticides:

  • In the US, pesticides poison 110,000 people each year. More than 1/3rd of the calls to animal poison control centers result from pets exposed to harmful pesticides.

  • The volatile organic compounds (including pesticides) found indoors are believe to cause 3,000 cases of cancer a year in the US.

  • 95 percent of the pesticides used on residential lawns are considered probable carcinogens by the EPA

  • 2,4-D-a component of Agent Orange-is used in about 1,500 lawn care products

 

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