Does green infrastructure cost more?


Green infrastructure practices often are more cost-effective than traditional gray infrastructure. Integrating green infrastructure into development projects can reduce costs by decreasing the amount of underground drainage piping and structures needed to manage stormwater, which reduces construction costs. Green infrastructure can also reduce operations and maintenance costs associated with development properties. For example, a green roof can reduce heating and cooling costs for a building. Green roofs also last longer than conventional roofs, which reduces replacement costs. In some cities and municipalities, there are incentives for use of green infrastructure, such as expedited reviews, density bonuses, connection fee credits, and redevelopment area bonuses. Consult the jurisdiction where the development is located for options.

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