Green by Committee Making Your Co-op or Condo More Eco-Friendly

 Green truly is the new black in New York City. As more and more co-ops, condos  and HOAs look to save money as expenses rise, more and more boards,  shareholders and unit owners are exploring ways to incorporate “greening” into their building community.  

 Green homes are expected to grow between 29 percent to 38 percent of the  residential construction market by the year 2016, which is equal to $87 billion  to $114 billion of that market, according to a 2012 McGraw Hill Construction  study.  

 According to the U.S. Green Building Council, whose Leadership in Energy and  Environmental Design program is the gold standard, the residential market—from multi- to single-family, from market rate to affordable housing, is reaping  the benefits of using green building techniques. Since the launch of LEED for  Homes in 2008, more than 30,000 homes have received LEED for Homes  certification and nearly 93,000 are registered for certification. Over half of  all LEED-certified homes are in the affordable housing category, the USGBC  says.  

 While it's common for buildings or associations of any size to have designated  committees in place to help boards and management handle aesthetic, social, and  other community concerns, 'green' committees are a more recent trend—though one that is gaining traction all over the country as environmental  consciousness is raised.  

 Recycling, energy and water conservation, composting, and improving landscaping  techniques and methods are just a few of the things green committees may devote  themselves to working on. Let’s take a look at how the latest trend has revealed itself in New York.  

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