Every year, during typical building and construction activities, three billion tons of raw materials are consumed. That’s a good reason for all of us in the industry, as well as the consumers who are buying homes and buildings, to do our utmost to see that our construction is holistic rather than harmful. We’re at a benevolent place in our society where we now expect our buildings to meet the same standards that we’ve set for ourselves. With building standards that support the needs of the environment, we are reaching a healthy balance. Green buildings provide reduced maintenance costs, support energy conservation, offer an enhanced design flexibility, and deliver a healthier workspace and living space for the people inside.