What are green buildings?
Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to a
structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient
throughout a building's life-cycle: from site to design, construction, operation, maintenance,
renovation, and demolition.
It is a building which can function using an optimum amount of energy, consume less water,
conserve natural resources, generate less waste and create spaces for healthy and
comfortable living, as compared to conventional buildings.
This requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the
client at all project stages. The Green Building practice expands and complements the
classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.
Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices
in creating greener structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to
reduce the overall impact of environment on human health by considering:
- Efficient use of energy, water, and other resources,
- Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity,
- Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation.
Green building design is a practical and climate conscious approach to building design.
Various factors, like geographical location, prevailing climatic conditions, use of locally
available and low embodied energy materials and design parameters relevant to the type of
usage of the building are normally taken into consideration.
Green Building over a conventional building help to retain nature to a maximum extent
possible in three ways with reference to the location of the buildings.
- Retain the external environment at the location of the building.
- Improve internal environment for the occupants.
- Preserve the environment at places far away from the building.