Sustainability & Green Structures
Green building (otherwise called green construction or sustainable building) alludes to both a structure and the use of procedures that are environmentally dependable and asset effective all through a building's life-cycle: from planning to outline, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This requires close cooperation of the contractual worker, the designers, the architects, and the customer at all task stages. The Green Building practice expands and supplements the established building configuration worries of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.
Some of the more common green construction practices include:
- Using sustainable building materials like recycled glass and steel, as well as renewable materials like bamboo and rubber;
- Installing energy-efficient windows and doors;
- Using lower-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and stains;
- Constructing green roof systems (aka “plants on your roof”) that offer many benefits, including onsite gardens, rainwater management and protection from the effects of harmful UV light;
- Adding water harvesting and purification systems that don’t just manage, but also make the most use of rainfall;
- Maximizing natural light, which cannot only save on lighting requirements (and subsequently energy costs), but can also help keep buildings warm in colder months; and
- Using renewable energy to power the building: for example, installing a commercial solar panel system.