In today¶s world of climate change and high energy prices it has become critical that buildings use veryfew fossil fuels to ³future proof´ the home against unpredictable and rapidly rising prices. It is the practiceof creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resources efficientthought a buildings life-cyle: from designing, construction, maintainance and deconstruction. Althoughnew technologies are constantly being developed to complement the current ones the common objectiveis that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of built environment on human healthand the natural environment by:a) Efficient use of energy, water and other resources.b) Protecting the occupant¶s health and improving the employee¶s productivity.c) Reducing waste pollution and reducing environmental degradation.
Buildings Affect Climate Change And NaturalRes
Building uses a lot of our natural resources.
In terms of energy commercial buildings consume a lot of energy.
Buildings and the transportation infrastructure that serves them, replace natural resources andsurfaces creating a runoff that washes pollutants and sediments into the surface of water.
The energy used to heat and power our buildings leads to the consumption of large amounts of energy mainly from burning fossil fuels, which generates substantial amounts of CO2 the mostdreaded Greenhouse Gas.
Commercial buildings may also be responsible for the release of Greenhouse Gases in other ways for instance construction and demolition debris degrades in landfills may generate methane.Why A Green Building? A green Building may definitely cost more upfront but in the long run it saves money through lower operating costs. The concept of Green Building, a new approach, is to save water, energy, and materialresources in the construction and maintenance of the buildings and can reduce or eliminate the adverseimpact of buildings on the environment. By preferring Green Buildings over conventional ones we helpour planet and people to retain nature to a maximum extent possible. We all are aware that a building isconstructed using cement, sand, steel, bricks etc.These building materials are responsible for about 20%of the greenhouse gases emitted by a building during its lifetime. Green buildings shall use the productsthat are non-toxic, renewable and recyclable wherever possible. Locally manufactured products arepreferred so that collective material environment of the locality remains a constant. Alexander Thomson was an eminent Scottish architect who is pioneer in Green Building.