Everything You Want to Know about Green Building

From on August 22, 2007 in Green Remodeling

What is green building, or sustainable building?

According to the Web site entitled GreenBuilding.com, “Green Building is a design and construction practice that promotes the economic health and well-being of your family, the community, and the economy…It also has positive social and environmental ramifications that assert your commitment to the future.”

The California Integrated Waste Management Board says that, “the concept of sustainable building incorporates and integrates a variety of strategies during the design, construction and operation of building projects.”

And clearly, one of the important strategies in the design of a building is the use of green building materials and products. The benefits of utilizing green building materials to the building owner and occupants include:

  • Reduced costs of maintaining the building and replacing non-green items throughout the building’s lifecycle. Simply, if the materials you are using for a building last a long time because they are green, you will save money.
  • Conservation of energy to run the home’s systems. Utilizing different technology to heat a home, cook food, dry clothes all save energy.
  • Improved health and productivity of the occupants. When unhealthy chemicals or irritants are removed from the environment, those who live in the environment will feel well and function better.
  • Lower remodeling costs. Installing a water-saving front loading clothes washer may cost extra up front, but it saves the cost of heating water and is much cheaper in the long run.
  • Greater flexibility of design. Instead of specifying Redwood for a deck, a sustainable building architect might select a recycled wood combined with resin product because it is strong, won’t rot and will last virtually “forever,” in relation to plain wood.

Make sure to ask a remodeling contractor about Green Building and look for the next article in our Green Building Series entitled Criteria for Green Building Materials.

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