A recent study of 107 construction projects in New York shows green construction does not always cost significantly more than traditional construction. The Urban Green Council study found that the average construction cost for a high-rise residential building without LEED certification was $436 per square foot compared with an average cost with certification of $440 per square foot. The study also found that some LEED projects with a Platinum or Gold rating were completed for a lower cost than projects that achieved the lower Silver rating.

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