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[greenyes] Fwd: New CA Green Building Reports

Source: Update from Mike Paparian, CWIMB - November 2003

State and Consumer Services Agency and the Sustainable Building Task Force has released two reports.

1. Building Better Buildings: An Update on State Sustainable Building Initiatives (<http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/GreenBuilding/Blueprint>Blueprint for Sustainable State Facilities) is the first in a series of progress reports on the state's sustainable building efforts. Specifically, the report highlights notable policy and program achievements in California, describes key Task Force partnerships, provides an in-depth look at several significant sustainable building projects, and details Task Force goals for the coming years.

2. <http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/GreenBuilding/Design/CostIssues.htm#Cost&Benefit>The Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Building is an economic analysis study commissioned by the Sustainable Building Task Force and written by Greg Kats along with several contributing authors. This report, the most comprehensive green building cost benefit analysis completed to date, concludes that sustainable design can be incorporated into a structure with little or no increase in construction costs and that the total financial benefits of green buildings are over ten times the average initial investment required to design and construct a green building. Energy savings alone exceed the average increased cost associated with building green.

Gary Liss
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Fax: 916-652-0485

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