Ultimate Guide to Green Building

Maybe Kermit the Frog was wrong: It could be easy being green – at least when it comes to buildings.

“Green building” and “sustainable development” are the hottest terms in construction right now, but what do they mean, exactly? According to the Environmental Protection Agency Web site, green building is “the practice of creating healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenanc­e and demolition” [source: EPA].

Proponents say that green building is not only environmentally friendly, but also healthier and more cost-efficient. So what is sustainable development? The United Nations Environment Program defines it as development that ensures our use of resources and the environment but doesn’t restrict their use by future generations.