The Benefits of Green Design
Some people may not understand the benefits of green design or as some refer to it as “going green”. There are several benefits of green design. I believe that the important and main benefits are, but not limited to, health, financial, and environment friendly and better quality products. Many may think solar panels when they hear the terms Green Design but it doesn't stop there. Green design involves many environmental friendly products and structures. Not only will they minimize the effects on human health and the environment, they have many other benefits as well. Today many companies, designers, architects and all types of people around the world are taking the green approach in one way or another. Not only is this giving us a better environment to live in but it’s also changing our lifestyles. For example, the U.S. Green Building Council, better known as the USGBC, has a program that is internationally recognized called LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). LEED is a voluntary, market driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. This program is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated. This program has been established in 135 countries. The LEED credits buildings or homes with LEED points that meet the green building requirements. For commercial buildings and neighborhood, to earn LEED certification, they must meet the requirements based on a 110 point rating system. Homes must earn a minimum of 45 points on a 136 point scale. One factor of “going green” that would capture anyone’s attention is the financial benefit of green design. According to the U.S department of Energy the average household spends about $2,150 a year on energy bills. Building energy efficient homes or simply “greening” an existing home or building can simply be done to save energy. There are several ways to achieve this. For example, you can hang thermal drapes to keep...
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