According to a recent study undertaken by Harvard based researchers, the benefits of green buildings far exceed than just that of reduced energy usage. Buildings consume nearly 40% of primary energy production around the world. Any cuts in energy consumption can have a tremendous impact on carbon emissions which is the main source of climate change. Moreover, green buildings give rise to many other benefits related to employee and occupant health and well-being. The research team quantified these associated social and benefits in billions of dollars.
Just a few years ago, the UAE seemed to be one of the least sustainable countries in the world, with one of the highest global carbon footprints; residents consuming double the energy of many European nations. According to the WWF Living Planet 2008 report, based on 2005 data, UAE residents consumed more natural resources per capita than any other country, ahead of the US and Kuwait.