The term green building, which is otherwise known as sustainable design, is a construction practice that focuses on increasing the overall efficiency of the building itself. Goals include optimizing the way the building uses water, energy and internal materials while reducing the building’s impact on the local environment and human health. Such goals are planned over the long-term in order to provide individuals with a better building usage experience over the life of the structure. Green building projects may also extend past the individual building in order to encompass a bigger scope. Site planning, community management and land-use configuration are all concepts that may benefit from green building solutions.
Why is it Important?
In recent years, more and more professionals have been focusing on energy efficiency in a variety of industries. Studies show that the development and long-term growth of larger communities has had a major impact on the surrounding natural environment. As such, experts are beginning to focus on the design, construction and large-scale manufacturing of green buildings that could provide individuals with a more responsible way to consume natural resources. Not only does the widespread functionality of green buildings improve the local environment, but those working and living inside the buildings can enjoy healthier atmospheres, free of unnecessary pollution and waste.
General Environmental Benefits
With greener buildings, planners are able to enhance and protect the local ecosystems and encourage biodiversity in the environment. This is vital for many species, which may be harmed by the larger presence of humans in the area. Greener building practices can also help improve the quality of water and air in the local area while conserving and restoring natural resources.
General Economic Benefits
Greener practices can also be highly beneficial for business owners. Some economic benefits include overall reduced operating costs and an improved occupant productivity level. Studies show that greener buildings can help enhance asset values while optimizing the life-cycle of the company’s economic performance. Such practices extend into the long-term of the business to drive future profits and employee satisfaction.
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