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Handbook of Green Building Design and Construction, 2nd Edition by Sam Kubba

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Chapter Ten

Green Design and Building Economics

Abstract

This chapter offers a general overview of the benefits and costs (e.g., reduced energy bills and reduced potable water consumption) of green design. The two categories of cost considerations when discussing green buildings (Direct Capital Costs and Direct Operating Costs) are explained in simple terms. Among the many advantages of green buildings and the application of the International Green Construction Codes (IgCCs) is increased productivity, improved tenant/employee health, and increased recruitment and retention capabilities. Likewise, green buildings offer numerous other benefits, both direct such as increased property values and increased marketability and indirect benefits such as ...

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