Benefits of Green Buildings


“If you can not measure it, you can not improve it.”

Lord William Thomson Kelvin
1st Baron Kelvin (1824-1907) of Largs, a famous Scottish mathematician and physicist who developed the Kelvin scale of temperature measurement; he was one of the most famous scientists of his age.



Green building is a concept that focuses not only on the design and construction of a building, but also how it will operate after completion (i.e., energy efficiency) and also its location.

Success in this field over the next half century will depend on how we tackle interrelated challenges like population growth, aging infrastructure, traffic congestion, energy costs, environmental restoration and protection, the need for more affordable housing and sustainable development, and education, economic and health disparities.

The science behind green building just makes sense. Careful planning and detailing at the start of a project will enrich and make the project much simpler. Builders spend just months building a home, but if it is done correctly, the final product should last for generations to come

Rating systems (like LEED, BREEAM, DGNB and other) allow us to differentiate/segregate our knowledge and take a holistic approach to issues associated with sustainability, by far, one of the fastest developing scientific disciplines.

At best, we can describe the role of the rating system as a current ‘tool’ for a comprehensive measurement for a demanding building industry.

As Rafal Schurma,MArch, MS, Principal Architect Harvard University, says in one of his lectures: ” Our built environment has a substantial impact on energy and material resources as well as being a critical determinant of health, comfort, and productivity for occupants. The key element is the balancing and weighting of particular Issues to bring attention to the most important ones (globally and locally), and as fast as it is possible reflect updated level of worldwide knowledge within this interdisciplinary science.”

“The built environment is not only the largest industrial sector in economic terms, it is the largest in terms of resource flow”
“Buildings are not just where we work, play and sleep; they are where we invest most of our financial and natural capital”

Paul Hawken
the HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design


Buildings are the largest users of energy:

of total U.S. electricity consumption 65
of total U.S. primary energy use 36
of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions (USGBC) 30

The European countries are in a similar situation, in fact the EU pushes for More Energy Efficiency in its 2020 goals.


Buildings are responsible for:

of EU energy consumption 40
 of EU CO2 emissions 36

Energy performance of buildings is key to achieve the EU Climate & Energy objectives, namely the reduction of a 20% of the Greenhouse gases emissions by 2020 and a 20% energy savings by 2020. Improving the energy performance of buildings is a cost-effective way of fighting against climate change and improving energy security, while also creating job opportunities, particularly in the building sector.
source: European Commission Directorate General for Energy


Financial Benefits of Green Building

Green building not only improves the environmental impact of buildings, but also results in many financial andeconomic benefits to both building owners/developers and tenants.

On average, green certified buildings such as

use less energy 50
use less water 40
produce less solid waste 70
emit less green house gases 35


source: Colliers International

green building owner and tenant 3-01


GBC ME takes a visionary approach by changing the corporate – social and –environmental responsibility – from an obligationto an OPPORTUNITY.

As our mission says:

“lead and educate society to create a balance between the ecological objectives of Montenegro, its citizens and the need for sustainable building and development, establishing a responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality for future generations.”