Green certification is a way to gain third-party, independent, and international recognition that a project produces less waste, conserves water and energy, supports the health of its occupants, stamps a smaller carbon footprint, and is socially responsible.The risks of green building include:
- The use of newer and untested building systems and products. Who is to say that a new product won’t be the next exterior insulation and finishing system (EIFS) nightmare?
- The energy savings may incorporate more insulation and a tighter building, which may restrict air flow resulting in condensation and mold issues.
- Living roofs with sod and plants may leak and the additional weight may place more stress on the building structure.
- Owners or tenants may not see expected energy cost savings.