Architectual Design

Green Building Research

The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, economy, health, and productivity. In the United States alone, buildings account for:

  • 72% of electricity consumption
  • 38% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
  • 40% of raw materials use
  • 30% of waste output (136 million tons annually)
  • 14% of potable water consumption

More statistics on the built environment in the U.S. and the growing size of USGBC membership and LEED are available in our Green Building Facts document.

Research Publications: View highlighted research on the costs, benefits and attributes of green building that are transforming the market.

LEED Project Case Studies: Search USGBC's Directory of LEED Projects and Case Studies.

Green Building Link: Links to resources collected by USGBC staff and members to facilitate green building research.

Green Building Research Fund: This grant program was created to spur green building research that will advance sustainable building practices and encourage market transformation.

Green Building Benefits

Environmental -

  • Enhance and protect ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Improve air and water quality
  • Reduce solid waste
  • Conserve natural resources

Economic -

  • Reduce operating costs
  • Enhance asset value and profits
  • Improve employee productivity and satisfaction
  • Optimize life-cycle economic performance

Health and Community -

  • Improve air, thermal, and acoutstic environments
  • Enhance occupant comfort and health
  • Minimize strain on local infrastructure
  • Contribute to overall quality of life