Environmentally-friendly buildings provide $6 billion in benefits to health and climate, says a new Harvard study supported by United Technologies.
These previously undocumented benefits are in addition to $7.5 billion in energy savings, for a combined $13 billion in total benefits.
The public health benefits include fewer hospitalizations and reduced climate impacts. The study says this is possible – if they’re energy-efficient buildings.Experts at Harvard University examined a subset of green-certified buildings over a 16-year period in six countries: the US, China, India, Brazil, Germany and Turkey. Known as HEALTHfx, the study found nearly $6 billion in combined health and climate benefits.
In some countries, health and climate benefits far exceeded – in dollar amounts – energy savings. Globally, the studied green-certified projects saved billions of dollars in energy costs. Globally, 33,000 kilotons of CO2 were avoided, equivalent to 7.1 million fewer passenger cars on the road for one year.
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