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About this Guide

Our built environment is all around us; it provides the setting for all our lives’ events, big and small. And whether we notice it or not, our built environment plays a huge role in our natural environment, our economic environment, and our cultural environment.

The built environment provides a context for facing and addressing humankind’s greatest contemporary challenges. 

This guide explains the reasons we must change traditional building practices. It presents fundamental concepts of green building and provides a summary of the application strategies that will help you be a more effective participant in the green building process.