Energy use in the United States typically includes air conditioning, heating, ventilation, lighting, and facility support. All commercial buildings consume resources, produce waste and cause pollution, but over the years they have become more fuel efficient and less labor intensive.
According to the EPA, US buildings account for:
36% of total energy consumption
65% total power consumption
12% of total water consumption
30% of total CO2 emissions
60% of total general waste generated (construction/demolition)
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, approximately 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. This gives building owners and managers a great opportunity to save operating costs through sustainable building concepts.
Energy and resource efficient, environmentally friendly designs aim to reduce resource depletion, reduce pollution and create a safe and productive environment for those who live and work there. Green buildings have minimal impact on the environment and use natural resources. They are popular because they are beneficial to the community and the environment, are socially responsible, and are often the most economical and best operational choice for businesses.
The EPA says green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment.
Use energy, water and other resources efficiently
Protecting Occupant Health and Improving Employee Productivity
Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation
As a leading power technology company, KMB strives to balance the needs of these areas by providing results-driven designs and solutions.