Not Easy Being Green: How to achieve pro-growth and pro-environment policies by encouraging the production of green construction materials by
the N! manufacturing industry"#
was prepared by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. to encourage the New or! City "anufacturing industry to beco"e "ore “green# by "a!ing safer, healthier, and en$iron"entally responsible building products for de$elopers. %his report is a study about ways to increase “green "anufacturing# and “green building.# “&reen "anufacturing# describes a "eans of "anufacturing that di"inishes waste and pollution through a special process of designing a product that is less har"ful to the en$iron"ent. “&reen building# refers to increasing the efficiency with which buildings use “energy, water, and "aterials,# and, “reducing building i"pacts on hu"an health and the en$iron"ent through better design, construction, operation, "aintenance# of buildings.
$It’s Not Easy Being Green"#
begins by detailing efforts currently being done by the Borough President to encourage "ore green buildings and the "ain proble"s that exists to pre$ent greater nu"bers of green building. Afterwards, it outlines the benefits of green building and green "anufacturing( and assesses the current conditions of the building) related "anufacturing industry in New or! City. Next, two green "anufacturers in the Bronx are exa"ined( concerns raised by de$elopers and "anufacturers about green construction "aterials are addressed( and existing efforts to help "anufacturers and de$elopers beco"e "ore en$iron"entally responsible are analy*ed. +inally, the report reco""ends proposals to pro$ide "ore resources, reduce costs and ser$e as incenti$es for de$elopers to buy green construction "aterials and for "anufacturers to "a!e green construction "aterials. “&reen construction "aterials# are en$iron"entally friendly goods that are beneficial to the building occupants and "anage"ent i""ediately or o$er the life of the building. As a result, they are resource efficient, and ha$e far)reaching global i"pacts. n$iron"entally responsible products fall under a nu"ber of categories such as engineered woods, paints, construction adhesi$es, carpets, architectural sealants, and furniture.
Bene!its o! Green Buiding
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A - in$est"ent /per s0uare foot1 in building green nets - dollars in health and producti$ity benefits, -3.45 in operation and "aintenance costs, -4.35 in energy sa$ing, -'.25 in e""issions sa$ings,
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