Smarter Business: Green Building

Greener by Design: NRDC's Santa Monica Office
/— Introduction —//— Walkthrough —//— Project Resources —//— Green Building Links —/
LAND USE    
 THE MATERIALS CHALLENGE 
 SOLUTIONS:   1   2   3   4   5 
materials with recycled content

Our walls, carpets, flooring, ceiling tiles and furniture are made with materials that have low levels of pollutants (such as chlorinated compounds and formaldehyde) and high levels of recycled content.

Pictured: tile (top) made with 58 percent recycled glass; elevator sidings (center) containing wheat straw; bathroom partitions and doors (bottom) composed of recycled polyethylene milk containers.

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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