Benefits of Green Building
In today’s world, commercial and residential construction companies are forced to take into account the effects of climate change more than ever. As water levels rise and our atmosphere deteriorates, we are forced to search for viable alternatives to our current way of life, viable sustainable approaches to supporting our global populace. While by no means do I profess to have the answer to something as encompassing, pressing, and global as climate change, I do know an answer to part of the equation, and that is green building.
First and foremost, cost alone should be enough reason for us to integrate green building techniques on a universal scale. Contemporary high performing green buildings offer the best value for taxpayers in regards to not only life cycle cost benefits, but also to general human health and performance. In fact, according to GSA, a conclusive study reflects that the twelve earliest green federal buildings display a 12% reduction in energy use along with a 27% increase in occupant satisfaction. Even more significant is that the top third of studied buildings in this survey exhibited 45% less energy use, 53% lower maintenance costs, and 39% less water use.
Regardless, the most significant positive aspect of green building is its effect, or lack thereof, on the environment. For instance, take into account the “planted roof,” a core component of green building design. By utilizing a “planted roof,” a building will reduce pollution from power usage in addition to decreasing the city’s heat island effect. Just as well, planted roofs reduce stormwater runoff. For big cities, this decreased runoff translates to decreased water pollution, a very clear benefit of enormous proportion for metropolitan areas.
Not to mention, the materials themselves pose a remarkable lack of negative influence on the environment. In fact, with a meticulous building approach, green companies can reduce landfill trash by an astounding 95%. Considering the increasingly significant issue of where to place our trash, this figure represents a solution in the face of dilemma; more than that, it represents an available solution right now, not in a week, not in a month, not in a year, but right now.
In the wake of all this, is the actual creation of green jobs. For example, by renovating existing roofing structures, we are creating new jobs for new people, and are thus decreasing unemployment across the board. Of course, renovating existing roofing structures is merely one example of nearly innumerable opportunities for job creation. Take into account the occupations that would be created across the design, engineering, manufacturing, construction, and operations industries. It is truly nearly immeasurable to quantify the vast positive impact of incorporating green building on a larger scale.
Green building may not solve all of our problems, but it is absolutely a step in the right direction. There is no need for a leap of faith, only a need for the acknowledgement of solutions that are right in front of us. For more information, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via my contact page.