Despite what your common sense may tell you green building doesn’t actually refer to a physical piece of construction. Instead, green building actually refers to an approach of building. It refers to the habit and/or approach to building in a sustainable, environmentally conscious, and most of all, carbon-free manner.
What Is A Green Building?
A green building in its simplest form is a piece of construction which is designed to be efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly. It is important to note that green building doesn’t only refer to the actual piece of construction, but rather, the entire process of building itself. From planning to construction to maintenance, green buildings have been designed to be environmentally friendly in all stages of their life cycle.
But you might be wondering — What is it, specifically, that makes a building green. These buildings practice sustainable habits since the very start. For example, a green builder won’t ever build on land which belongs to the natural habitat. Instead, they will build without disturbing the symbiosis of the natural ecosystem. In the designing stage, the green builder will make sure that they are not disturbing any ecosystem; whether it is through sound, taking their habitat or using industrial-like machines. Read below to find some specific examples and/or practices that a green building follows
A conscious builder will always keep the ecosystem in their minds while building. For example, they will never destroy trees or the natural environment to build their project. Instead, they will build their project somewhere else, or, build there while including nature into their building rather than deforesting them. Moreover, these buildings are sustainable.
You will notice they usually opt for renewable energy and practice lots of sustainable habits. For example, most green building projects use solar panels to power most, if not all, of their buildings. Solar panels are a great way to harness the renewable energy our sun provides. On top of that, these buildings usually treat sewage within the building itself so that the residents can re-use water, thereby, reducing water wastage. These buildings are very big on reusing water; the same water that you use to clean your hands could later be used to flush your toilet too. Don’t worry, this may seem a little concerning, however, all the water is treated before it is re-used.
Importance Of Green Buildings
With so much urbanization and industrialization, our environment has taken a hit. Now is the time for a change. With climate change and major global warming, the end of mankind as we know it could be much sooner than all of us expect. Now is the time to take care of our environment, and these buildings do just that. Constructions and modern civilization have impacted the environment a lot, in not so positive ways. Construction often destroys habitats, results in pollution and, most of all leads to long term unsustainable and unconscious use of water and energy. These issues are very big, and this is something that a green building tackles. This is why it is extremely crucial to support and build green buildings.