What is a Green Building?
Green building is the use of design and construction practices that enable buildings and their sites to be more sustainable. More specifically, green buildings do the following:
- Consume less energy and water;
- Generate less waste;
- Use renewable energy and materials that are sustainably harvested;
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants associated with building materials and energy required for electricity, heating and cooling;
- Improve indoor air quality and health for building occupants; and
- Increase a building’s durability all the while lowering maintenance and operation costs.
When compared to conventional design, green buildings generally have a lesser impact on human health and the environment and, in terms of economics, cost less to maintain and operate and often cost little or no more than traditional design over their life-cycle. Given these obvious benefits, it is not surprising that green building design and construction have gained wide momentum during the recent years as more and more cities have begun realizing its environmental, economic, and health benefits. Although cities may not have direct power over private residential and commercial properties, they do have some ability to regulate these structures and to provide incentives for building owners and developers to embrace green building standards.
Two new police stations for the City were designed using "green" techniques.
- rice-bale walls for insulation
- native drought-tolerant landscaping
- orientation of windows for maximum control of sunlight
- skylights for controlled natural light
- electric lights that automatically go off when natural light is sufficient
- heat-reflecting “cool roof.”
Green Home Improvement Ideas