What is Green Building?
The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that existing buildings are responsible for more than 40% of the world’s total energy consumption and 25% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Green building practices strive to decrease this environmental impact of buildings. By utilizing green building materials and eliminating waste, we can ensure sustainability and reduced costs through efficiency. Green building covers all components of a structure’s life-cycle—from design to construction, operation to maintenance, and even renovation to demolition. It also designed to reduce the overall impact on human health. The goals of building environmentally friendly structures are achieved through:
Why Build Green?
Green building yields many benefits environmentally, economically, and socially. Green building practices enhance ecosystems, preserve natural resources, reduce operating costs, minimize strain on local infrastructure and, improve overall quality of life. Green building does require a high cost of initial investment, but it quickly pays for itself over the lifespan of the structure. The savings and payoffs of environmentally friendly buildings override the initial costs. Green buildings that meet certain standards of energy efficiency may also earn and be awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star label. Furthermore, green buildings may also receive a coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating.
Every day, more land is being developed to make way for new sustainable buildings. Contact Associated Renewable today for a consultation on efficient green building practices that could help your buildings reduce energy usage, enhance energy ratings and achieve full sustainability. With the help of our energy specialists, clients become environmentally-responsible and resource-efficient by utilizing the latest technologies in green construction.
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