The tangible benefits may not be easily recognizable to tenants or visitors, but through sustainable design, construction and operations green buildings are reducing carbon emissions, energy and waste; conserving water; prioritizing safer materials; and lowering our exposure to toxins.
What Are Some Environmental Advantages of Building Green?
Green buildings are those that are designed, built, renovated, operated, and maintained in an environmentally responsible way.
They are resource–efficient and use less water, energy, and materials than conventional buildings. They also create less waste and pollution. The environmental advantages of green buildings are many and varied.
They can help to:
1. Save energy and water
2. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
3. Reduce waste and pollution
4. Save money
5. Enhance occupant health and well–being 1. Save energy and water Green buildings are designed to use less energy and water than conventional buildings. They often make use of energy–efficient lighting, heating, and cooling systems.
They may also have features such as water–efficient fixtures and appliances. 2. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions Green buildings can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a number of ways.
For example, by using less energy, they can help to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. 3. Reduce waste and pollution Green buildings are designed to reduce waste and pollution.
They often make use of recycled and recyclable materials. They may also have features such as on–site waste management facilities.