Green construction, sustainable or “green building” is the opportunity to use the world’s resources more efficiently, at the same time creating more energy-efficient and healthier homes and buildings. Although there is no guaranteed formula for creating environmentally-friendly buildings, success comes in the form of leaving a lighter footprint on the environment through good stewardship and conservation of resources, while balancing products which are low-maintenance, energy-efficient, and cost-effective with our construction needs.
Green construction and building design involve finding the right balance between construction and the sustainable environment.
Green construction (also known as green building or sustainable building) refers to a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages. The Green Building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.
Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:
- Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
- Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
- Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation