First Steps to Greener Buildings
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Green buildings are ecologically and resource efficient. They are designed, built, renovated, operated and deconstructed in such a way as to promote long-term benefits to owners, occupants to society as a whole. This involves reducing the environmental impact and improving efficiency and long-term economic performance of the building. In comparison to conventional buildings, green buildings generally result in a reduction of the water and energy requirements with less waste generated. The materials used have less negative impact on the environment and offer a better indoor environment for occupants. The operational and maintenance costs are generally lower, so green buildings are good for your back pocket, and reduce the overall impact of the built form on the environment.
Investing in energy-efficient technologies, alternate technologies, system upgrades or improvements to the building envelope may lead to an increase in the capital and construction costs. However, green buildings don’t need to cost more than conventional buildings, and costs can be contained if green building principles are included from the onset into the design and construction of the building.