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The many ways "green buildings" save

When it comes to the world's energy hogs, few people think about buildings. But they count for almost 40 percent of all carbon emissions. Yet making them more efficient isn't as exciting or even obvious to the ordinary person compared to more visible measures like using more solar power or driving a technologically sophisticated electric car.  Still, that's the rationale for "green buildings." Such a building meets a specific set of standards for lower electricity, heating, cooling and water use -- things that can save money for both landlord and tenant. What's more, as electric power usage falls, brain power rises. Cognitive function increases for people who spend time in green buildings, a recent Harvard study found.  Read more...



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