Green Building

Green Building takes into account the way we choose to live in a more comfortable, healthy and energy efficient space. Techniques in Green Building promote cost savings in the building process, reducing long-term operation costs, greater health benefits, environmental sustainability and other economic factors.

By designing smaller, more compact houses and evaluating the space we actually use on a day-to-day basis can save a substantial amount of materials and reduce construction waste in the building process. A smaller more efficiently built house can also improve energy performance by downsizing mechanical equipment, reducing heating and cooling costs and using fewer natural resources.

Reducing energy use is the single most economic benefit of Green Building. Minimizing energy consumption is a priority in nearly all Green Building. Green Buildings commonly use less than half as much energy as their conventional counterparts, and some Green Buildings consume less than a quarter as much energy.

A very important, yet often overlooked feature of Green Building is durability. Well designed and properly built Green Buildings will not experience moisture problems because sound building-science principles are incorporated into the design and construction. Durable buildings cost less to operate because repairs and replacement of failed components are less common. Although durable building materials and equipment may cost more up front, their life-cycle costs are often lower than conventional products because they last longer and require fewer repairs.

Improved health and enhanced comfort go hand-in-hand with Green Building. By virtue of the materials used, moisture-control detailing, pollution and contamination-rejection strategies, and ventilation systems, Green Buildings are healthier buildings. Americans spend 85-95% of their time indoors, so the quality of the indoor environment is paramount. A well-insulated and tight building envelope not only reduces energy consumption but also increases comfort.

Green Buildings use less energy and generates less carbon dioxide through their operation, lessening the release of other green house gases (such as HCFC and HFC refrigerants and foam insulation blowing agents), which contributes less to global warming. It is very important to recognize that climate change impacts are global in nature. What we do in one part of the U.S. affects the world’s climate and anything we can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions results in global benefits.

Other economic benefits include better resale values, reducing demands on municipal services and positive public image. Green Building increases environmental awareness by creating a learning laboratory for all who use them. Children who grow up with green features around them will consider this the norm, nurturing a more wholesome relationship with the environment among populations that are increasingly isolated from these techniques.