19 Apr '17, 5pm

#LEED reduces the impacts of #buildings and their inhabitants

Earth Day is a yearly reminder of our responsibility to protect the environment, and changing how we build is a clear chance for us to help fight climate change, the effects of which we’re already seeing today in loss of glacial ice, higher sea levels and more severe heat waves. Buildings affect the climate 2016 was the hottest year since recording started in 1880, and the third year in a row to set that record, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The international scientific community is nearly certain that human activity is a driver of global warming. There’s over a 95 percent probability that human actions over the past 50 years have warmed our planet, said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its Fifth Assessment Report . Buildings account for more than one-quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), according to t...

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