Portland Nonprofit Sees Green Building As Key In Climate Change Fight

Dated: November 10 2014

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Green building measures — and the energy savings that come from them — will be key in curbing the climate change that a new U.N. report is predicting.

"We know that buildings are responsible for more than 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions and more than 30 percent of total global emissions," said Jerry Yudelson, president of Portland-based nonprofit the Green Building Initiative. "Promoting green building and sustainable operations are essential steps in reducing and eventually eliminating carbon emissions that contribute directly to global climate change."

Yudelson's comments come in the wake of the recently-released Fifth Assessment Report of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report maintains that global warming is real and pervasive and that the most likely cause is the unprecedented increase in carbon dioxide concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere, resulting directly from human activity. It further declares that action is needed to reduce the rate of carbon emissions, from both the advanced economies and the developing world, to hold off global temperature increases.
Yudelson said green building measures can play a huge role in curbing climate change.
"In the U.S., the number one action we can take is to reduce the energy use in buildings through green building measures," he said. "Many studies over the past 10 years have documented that receiving a green building assessment and certification can reduce energy use by 25 percent or more in newly constructed buildings and 16 percent or more in existing building operations."
The Green Building Initiative created just such an assessment, the Green Globes assessment and certification process, in 2004. The nonprofit is currently updating the rating systems to refine guidelines for energy savings and reducing emissions.
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