Building Healthier Structures
Green Building practices promote construction of buildings that are healthier for the occupants and healthier for the environment. The City of San José’s Green Vision establishes sustainability as a City priority and the City's Green Building Policies further demonstrate the City’s commitment to protecting the environment. Sustainable or “green” building practices can reduce the tremendous impact that design, construction operation and maintenance of buildings has on both people and nature. According to the U.S. Department of Energy's Center for Sustainable Development, buildings consume 40% of the world's total energy, 25% of its wood harvest and 16% of its water. The building industry is the nation's largest manufacturing activity, representing more than 50% of the nation's wealth and 13% of its Gross Domestic Product. Energy and material consumption in buildings contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emission which impact global climate change.
Sustainable building practices go beyond energy and water conservation to incorporate environmentally sensitive site planning, resource efficient building materials and superior indoor environmental quality. Some of the key benefits are: