The concept of energy efficient, eco-friendly buildings has been long-serving, so why then, is the idea of “Green” or “Sustainable” approach to building gaining popularity off late? There are many reasons for it; first being global warming, followed by rising energy costs, scarce oil reserves, limited water supply, and health concerns. Our planet has begun to run short of natural resources that are essential for our survival. This alarming situation is entertaining more builders to focus on green architecture.
What is Green Building?
Green building is the future!
It is the practice of constructing buildings– keeping energy efficiency and environment sustainability in mind. It constantly looks for new ways to reduce waste, carbon footprint, and preserve energy. This is often achieved by making less use of water, electricity, and by using eco-friendly alternatives for construction.
Benefits of Green Building:
Energy Efficient Construction
Designers and architectures of green building aim to reduce reliance on energy generated from non-renewable resources such as oil, fossil fuel, natural gas and coal. Green construction includes the use of renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, and geothermal; therefore reducing artificial energy and light. Moreover, energy efficient materials used in constructing green buildings are less hazardous than other options available because they perfectly fit in with environment-friendly standards.
Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
IEQ is simply described as inside condition of the building. Different aspects of IEQ cover quality of air, daylight and views, soothing acoustic and low usage of lighting and thermal condition. Green building focuses on each and every aspect of IEQ that protects human health and improves the quality of life. Other benefits of maintaining IEQ would include— increase in resale value and reduce liability for home buyers.
Sustainable Materials and Resources
One of the most basic goals aimed at achieving is to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. A building generates a huge amount of waste throughout its life-cycle, which means waste reduction should be planned at an early stage of construction. Green building does exactly that. It uses environmentally sustainable materials that are locally produced, organically grown, is biodegradable and free of toxins. Some of the best examples of these materials are Straw bales, Grass Crete, Hemp Crete, Bamboo, Recycled Plastic, Wood, Mycelium, and Ferrock which can be reused or recycled whenever required!
Home buyers can enjoy cost benefits in two ways– One being that the cost of green architecture has surprisingly gone down in the last few years in accordance to the number of green homes that have risen. Second being that, users can enjoy by saving as much as one-third on water and electricity bills. This is because Green architecture uses task lighting strategy, focusing on a lot of daylight to reduce the amount of power used in lighting systems; which is why sustainable buildings have comparatively lower operating and maintenance costs.
Overall, the construction and operation of Green building helps to promote a healthy environment for the residents; all while not disrupting land, resources, water, and energy in and around the building. The demand for eco-friendly housing has increased since the 21st century and lot of current home buyers are taking advantage of solar panels, turbines, water saving methods, waste management, efficient lighting and such, for a better life and future!