What is a Green Building?

The Built environment can have profound effects, both positive and negative, on the natural environment, as well as the people who inhabit buildings.

Green building is an effort to amplify the positive and mitigate the negative of these effects throughout the entire life cycle of a building.

While there are many different definitions of green building out there, it is generally accepted as the planning, design, construction, and operations of buildings with several central, foremost considerations: energy use, water use, indoor environmental quality, material section and the building’s effects on its site.

Benefits of a Green Building

With new technologies constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the benefits of green building can range from environmental to economic to social. By adopting greener practices, we can take maximum advantage of environmental and economic performance. Green construction methods when integrated while design and construction provide most significant benefits. Benefits of green building are:

Economic Benefits:

  • Reduce operating costs
  • Improve occupant productivity
  • Create market for green product and services

Environmental Benefits:

  • Reduce wastage of water
  • Conserve natural resources
  • Improve air and water quality
  • Protect biodiversity and ecosystems

Social Benefits

  • Improve quality of life
  • Minimize strain on local infrastructure
  • Improve occupant health and comfort

Green Building Certifications, Rating Systems, & Labels

Third-party certification is a great way to add credibility to any green building.

The process of achieving certification also adds a layer of accountability and integrity for the building project team. While a space can certainly be green and high-performing if it is not certified, there are several tangible benefits that accompany certification that cannot be as easily attained without it.

Benefits include:

  • Higher rental or resale value
  • Higher occupant & tenant satisfaction
  • Improved worker productivity & pride of place
  • Lower operating costs
  • Local and national recognition opportunities

Third-party certification is not the only way to achieve a healthy and high performance space, but it is certainly one of the most efficient ways to guarantee you get one.

Every project, team, and budget will consider a variety of different delivery and verification methods for their high-performance building. However, anyone working on a green building project should review the following certification options, benefits, requirements, considerations, and costs.

ENERGY STAR for Buildings

ENERY STAR was originally developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a voluntary labeling program to promote energy-efficient products and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

LEED: Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design

Established in 1998, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) has transformed the way we think about how our buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe.

WELL Building Standard

The WELL Building Standard focuses on the health and wellness impacts that buildings have on occupants.  Areas of concentration are air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.

There are a lot of tangible and intangible benefits of a Green Building. Want to know more on how they work or how you can join the Green revolution? Contact Us Today!

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