The construction industry is one of the most wasteful industries in the world. Estimates reveal that construction and demolition activities account for approximately 40% of the solid waste generated yearly. This statistic amounts to nearly 100 million tons of waste in the United States alone.
While some green building strategies to earn LEED credits can be costly, surprisingly there are many that are both easy and inexpensive to implement. According to Jennifer Meek, director of marketing for Enviro-Solutions, a leading manufacturer of green cleaning chemicals, the following are five of the least expensive things building owners and managers of new and existing facilities can do to earn LEED credits and possible certification: