Sustainable building" is the design and construction of buildings using methods and materials that are resource efficient and that will not compromise the health of the environment or the associated health and well-being of the building's occupants, construction workers, the general public, or future generations. Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. One of the reasons why green buildings is important and matters is that green buildings give social benefits to the occupants Provides a healthier life
a. Recent studies reveal that buildings with good overall environmental quality can reduce allergies, asthma and even enhance your performance at work. b. Carpeting adhesives, paint, and other modern construction materials can produce gasses that are harmful to humans and animals. 2. Improved Schools
a. An estimated 40% of schools in the United States are subject to poor environmental conditions that compromise the health and learning of students. b. The healthier environment and atmosphere in school buildings utilizing green design and construction principles is shown to lead to significant reductions in student absenteeism and improvements in test scores.
B. Another reason why green buildings matters to us is from environmental point of view 1. Emissions Reduction
a. Pollutants released by fossil fuel fired electricity contribute to global climate change, cause air quality issues such as acid rain and smog, and pose risks to human health. b. Green building techniques like solar powering, daylighting, and facilitation of public transport increase energy efficiency and reduce harmful emissions. 2. Temperature Moderation
a. The heat retention properties...
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