One of the biggest benefits a green building can provide is a healthier living and working environment. Reductions of pollutants and VOCs in the air and materials make breathing easier. Better control of more efficient heating and cooling systems is more comfortable for inhabitants. Utilizing natural light is healthier and better for the eyes. Natural ventilation is more healthful than recycled stale air.
Studies are showing that the return on investment for building efficiency improvements are growing shorter and shorter as energy costs continue to rise.
In addition, there are a growing number of financial incentives offered by the local, state, and federal governments, as well as by utility companies, for green buildings. These can run from tax credits to tax abatements to money for improvements.
Achieving certification of your green project can have many important benefits. Besides showing your commitment to the environment, a certified building can qualify for additional tax breaks or other incentives. A certified building is also a great selling point when the time comes for you to sell your home.