Everybody likes to talk about sustainable building or “green building” but surprisingly not many people actually practice it. It sounds hip to have a social cause you support, but when the time comes, can you stand by it?
At the rate we are going in our environment, we are not doing nearly enough to ensure the earth is sustainable for the future. This means that, in the coming years, we could run out of certain natural resources essential for survival. To prevent this, we must act sustainably, and one way to do so is “Green building”.
What is Green Building?
Some people see sustainable or green building as merely a building which has no adverse effect on the environment. Others see it as a ‘type’ of building with its own specific features and surroundings. But it is more.
The ideal sustainable building is a project which allows you to conserve most of the natural environment around the site, while providing the purpose for which it was built.
Some construction activities are highly invasive to the environment; they end up destroying or defacing its natural characteristics. The construction and operation of any building structure should foster a healthy environment for everybody, without disrupting the land, water, resources and energy within and around the building.
According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), “Green building is the practice of developing structures and applying techniques which are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life cycle.
Why is Sustainable Building Important?
Sustainable building is so important, every modern home should adopt the practice. You will discover that when you build sustainably, you are able to reduce carbon footprint and contribute positively to the environment.
There are other ways you can go green. Sustainable buildings are designed to lower the general impact on the environment and human health by:
- Reducing garbage, pollution and destruction of the environment
- Improving energy efficiency, water consumption and similar resources
- Protecting the health of the building occupants and enhancing productivity.
Is Sustainable Building Expensive?
One of the fears many people have about going green is that it costs more. Unfortunately, this is a false impression. The truth is, it may cost a bit more to initially set up your green home and all its appliances because sustainable materials aren’t cheap. However, in the long-run you will save money on energy bills because your energy use is more responsible.
When acting sustainably, it is important to think long term. For example, a cheaper non-sustainable home will eventually accumulate costs due to efforts it takes to operate, while an energy-efficient home manages power and heating effectively to reduce costs.
Benefits of a Sustainable Building
In addition to the points mentioned, there are several advantages of building a sustainable home. They include:
- Water conservation and efficiency
- Conservation of natural resources
- Improved air and water quality
- Keeps the ecosystem safe and protected
- Reduces operating costs
- Improves household productivity
- Improves living conditions
- Reduces stress on local infrastructure
- Improves overall health and comfort
You can start today by equipping your home with sustainable appliances. Remember, you will gain significantly in the long run.