Smarter Business: Green Building

Greener by Design: NRDC's Santa Monica Office
/— Introduction —//— Walkthrough —//— Project Resources —//— Green Building Links —/
LAND USE
 THE LAND USE CHALLENGE 
 SOLUTIONS:   1   2   3   4 
aerial view of light-colored roofing

Our light-colored roofing, along with shading provided by plants and overhangs, keeps temperatures down in and around our building. This reduces our air conditioning needs, which in turn means we generate less heat.

Office sprawl has huge environmental consequences. Downtown locations are more efficient, but pose problems of their own, such as urban heat islands.

     
WATER      

As our population grows, clean water is becoming an increasingly precious resource. Wiser use and conservation can help ensure an adequate supply.

     
ENERGY      

A future with clean air and a stable climate hinges on our ability to cut energy use and rely more heavily on renewable sources.

     
MATERIALS      

Building materials can cost a lot: forest destruction, waste, pollution. But products made with sustainably harvested wood and recycled materials save natural resources.

     
INDOOR ENVIRONMENT      

The environment isn't only outside. Indoors, too, people deserve clean air and access to the beauties of nature.

     
     
/— Introduction —//— Walkthrough —//— Project Resources —//— Green Building Links —/

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