Whether you are building new from scratch or renovating an old infrastructure, incorporating sustainability into a project through quality design and careful choice of materials provides a durable building that can last a lifetime. A sustainable building helps reduce energy bills and running costs, leading to better overall efficiency.
What does a sustainable building really mean?
The concept of a sustainable building is based on the preservation of the environment. It aims to construct housing and infrastructure that will be available for future generations. It also promotes community well-being through efficient use of resources. It combines environmental stewardship and social responsibility without exploiting the natural resources.
In the recent years, more and more organizations are recognizing the value of sustainable and green building methods. Here are a few strategies currently involved in constructing an eco-friendly building.
Proper Site Selection
Creating environmental-friendly building starts with careful site selection. The location, orientation and landscaping of a building have a significant impact on local ecosystems, transportation modes and energy use. Embracing smart principles and sustainable design concepts is integral whether a construction is a single building, a campus, or a large complex such as military base. Proper site selection is not only about choosing a site for a new facility, it could also mean considering existing buildings whether they could be reused or rehabilitated.
Wise Choice of Materials
Building materials have a serious effect on the sustainability of a building. Most developers and construction companies suggest using recycled or reclaimed materials instead of exploiting new, raw materials that have a limited resource. This is because recycled or reclaimed materials can help lessen the impact on our natural environment while lowering construction waste at the same time. For example, mud and bamboo take up far less energy to manufacture than other building materials, such as cement and timber. To be truly sustainable, materials should be made locally, relative to where you live.
Use of Renewable Energy
Electricity is a basic need, fundamental to a company’s ability to operate. Making the switch to generating power on-site from internally free source of energy – the sun – can bring down the operating costs of the company for coming decades.
Solar energy is plentiful, reliable and also the cleanest type of energy known to man since it is pollution free. Not only does it reduces a company’s utility bill but also lowers its carbon emissions. Offices and businesses can use solar panels for several purposes, such as pre-heating ventilation air, water heating, solar cooling and lighting and electricity.
Harnessing of Native Landscaping
Landscaping choices can greatly affect civic building water consumption. By using trees, plants, and grasses that are native to the area, irrigation needs can be remarkably reduced.
Furthermore, native plants can adapt to the typical amount of precipitation an area receives. Preserving water will lead to lower water expenses and increased savings. Native plants are also typically more resistant to disease, drought and other environmental risks than other plants. This means landscaping with native plants will keep the soil rich and allow these plants to flourish in the environment without the use of fertilizers or pesticides. Not to mention, colorful, diverse plant material is aesthetically appealing and attracts wildlife and pollinators.
Insulation of Walls and Floors
Insulation is a key component of sustainable building design. Insulating walls and floors as well as having a ceiling board can aid in cooling and heating purposely a house. Not only does it retain heat during the winter by restricting air flow, but it also reduces energy cost throughout the year. This in turn cuts down carbon emissions linked to global climate change.
The best natural insulation products are made from renewable, organic resources. They can be reused and recycled, and are chemical-free and fully biodegradable.
There you have it – 5 sustainable building strategies that can contribute to a brighter future. Preserving the environment oftentimes starts from your own home, building or construction project. The world of “green” building is constantly transforming and the options for developers, architects or simply new home owners are limitless.