Gallery: Santa Monica’s Garden / Garden Project Quantifies the Benefits...

The results keep being updated and the current state of play over 8 years of records is not only a stark difference in how the two have grown, but also in how the initial extra investment has proved a wise move. The latest data from Santa Monica Office of Sustainability suggests the sustainable model has used one fifth of the water the traditional version used, produced only a third the amount of waste while requiring about a quarter of the hours in labour to maintain. The extra $8,000 was recouped in the first two years, largely from savings in maintenance.

Here at Inhabitat we’ve showcased thousands of green building and sustainable landscaping projects that save water, conserve energy, and minimize waste. But did you know just how much more efficient building green can be? Back in 2004 a project called Garden / Garden launched in Santa Monica to compare how different sustainable building methods stacked up against more traditional plans. The project tracked two neighboring houses and recorded data on water use, labor required, waste produced and other relevant information – and it found that the green house used one fifth the water, produced only a third the amount of waste and required about a quarter of the labor to maintain.

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