Why Build Green?

The way we design and build makes a significant impact on the environment and our health. The building industry uses a major portion of the nation's raw materials and consumes large amounts of energy and water. In addition, the products used can have a significant effect on the indoor air quality, and subsequently, our health.

Of the total economic activities in the United States, buildings currently represent:

  • 39% of energy use
  • 30% of greenhouse gas emissions
  • 40% of raw materials use
  • 30% of waste output (136 million tons annually)
  • 12% of potable water consumption

By using green building principles, builders can improve a building's energy and water efficiency performance as well as ensure better health for its occupants.

If you have any questions or comments about Green Building in San Mateo County, use our contact page.

Email Address:
GreenBuilding
(For announcements of workshops, classes, and local information on green building.)