Green Construction Poses More Dangers, CU-Boulder Study Finds

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Friday, December 23, 2011

A new study led by a University of Colorado engineering professor shows that green construction poses more dangers than traditional projects -- partly because workers are more likely to be cut on recycled construction materials or fall while installing solar panels.

Matthew R. Hallowell, an assistant professor in CU's department of civil, environmental and architectural engineering, led the study, which reviewed construction projects built to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification.

His team's study revealed that LEED-certified buildings have a perceived 9 percent higher injury rate than non-LEED buildings.

Hallowell said that builders, while trying to achieve environmental sustainability, also need to consider the safety of workers.

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