In 2009, the residential and commercial building sector was responsible for more than 50 percent of total annual U.S. energy consumption, 74 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption, and 39 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
There has been a growing movement to encourage “green buildings” – those that generally use water, energy and materials more efficiently than conventional buildings, and utilize design, construction and siting features to reduce their negative environmental impacts.
Environmental Law | Law
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Michael B. Gerrard,
Model Green Building Ordinance for Municipalities Open for Comment,
N.Y.L.J., June 3, 2010
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