Today’s culture of being “green” and ecologically aware lends itself to the trend in building green. These structures are created not only for their future energy savings but also for their beneficial impact on reduced carbon footprints and its creation of healthier and more comfortable living environments. They are increasingly popular among homeowners and homebuilders alike.
The common objective for this style of design and build is its reduction to the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:
- Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
- Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
- Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation
Many green buildings make use of natural elements such as bamboo and straw as well as recycled material, non-toxic, reusable, and renewable items, and lumber from forests certified to be sustainably managed. A green building is not just produced through the use of “green” items but also through the use of “green” processes. Transportation, manufacturing techniques, design elements, etc., are all modified in order to reduce the projects overall carbon footprint leaving a sound product that is completely environmentally friendly.
A successful green building meets the high standards of energy efficiency and environmental responsibility, reducing environmental hazards and increasing energy savings. In addition, green building plays a significantly positive role within a nation’s economic sustainability; done through:
1. water and energy savings
2. increased property values
3. improved employee attendance
4. increased employee productivity
5. sales improvements
A true green building is not only built using the above mentioned techniques but also continuously run in a way that carries its positive environmental, economic, and social impact over its lifespan. This is done through the use of energy efficient appliances, products, interior materials, etc., and in continuously producing a healthy impact on human and environmental health.