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      REDUCING THE COST OF GREEN

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      Journal of Green Building

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          INTRODUCTION

          There is a general perception that building green will cost more. Here, we want to examine to what extent this is true, what are the factors influencing increased costs, and, perhaps most important, look for ways of controlling these costs. A few studies have tracked the cost of LEED Certified buildings in the last few years, and the general finding as well as the consensus is that a LEED Certified building does not involve significantly more cost, whereas LEED Silver, Gold, and Platinum designations do—the higher the certification achieved, the greater the extra cost. The average additional costs seem to be in the range of 2–5% for Silver, 5–10% for Gold, and 10% or more for Platinum. However, at the individual project level the answer is not quite so simple. Most of us have been involved in, or know of, projects that abandoned the quest for green recognition because of budget restraints. However, as green building becomes increasingly popular, there are numerous ways to achieve the most sustainability while keeping costs within feasible boundaries.

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          Journal
          jgrb
          Journal of Green Building
          College Publishing
          1552-6100
          1943-4618
          1943-4618
          Winter 2006
          : 1
          : 1
          : 46-54
          Author notes

          1.Professional Estimator, Construction Cost Management, www.constructioncostman.com. Mr. Sherwin may be reached at (610)892-9860 or dsherwin@ 123456constructioncostman.com .

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          jgb.1.1.46
          10.3992/jgb.1.1.46
          ©2006 by College Publishing. All rights reserved.

          Volumes 1-7 of JOGB are open access and do not require permission for use, though proper citation should be given. To view the licenses, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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          Pages: 9
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