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High investment returns on green buildings

posted Mar 25, 2012, 7:10 PM by ema-1 ema-1   [ updated Mar 25, 2012, 7:11 PM ]
"In the United States, green buildings were up to 5 per cent more expensive to build but attracted on average 6 per cent higher rents and a 16 per cent higher selling price. Energy savings of between 20 per cent and 40 per cent were achievable in every building and business.

According to International Energy Agency figures, a $1 investment in energy efficiency was equal to a $2 investment in power generation and supply.

Dixon said technology to help make buildings more energy self-sufficient was getting cheaper.

Small and light wind turbines, solar heating and solar power, geothermal energy, heat pumps and biomass power plants were featuring in new building design"

"The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority has said up to $2 billion could be saved through simple changes in buildings"

Full story: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=10794563

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