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Building Location and GHG Impact

Commuting by office workers accounts for 30% more energy use than a building uses for meeting its energy needs (e.g. heating, cooling, lighting, etc.) This may well exceed the energy savings realized by a green building. [1]

Transportation energy intensity is recently being proposed as a metric of building performance. It is the amount of energy associated with getting people to and from a building. Location is the most critical element to reducing transportation energy intensity and thus the GHGs emitted as a result of your operations. [1]

Location of local government buildings should be given greater attention and should be a key consideration when evaluating building performance.

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[1] Alex Wilson and Rachel Navaro, (2007). Driving to Green Buildings: The Transportation Energy Intensity of Buildings. BuildingGreen.com, Page 1. http://massengale.typepad.com/venustas/files/transportationefficient_communities.pdf