The Green Day is celebrated each year, globally, on September 28th. Focusing on creating awareness that highlights the importance that resides on recycling-reusing and reducing waste material.
How important is green architecture for us?
Green architecture is very important as it can help to reduce pollution and produce a sustainable environment for us to live on this planet. Additionally, it helps to decrease the use of natural resources and fuels, as well to increase material efficiency.
Green architecture aims to ameliorate air quality within, and outside, the structures. The people living within such structures will have economic benefits, including saving on electricity bills as one can easily make their own electricity using green architectural equipment, such as solar generated water pumps and air conditioners.
Green structures in office environments can also help to increase worker’s proficiency by providing them with full time air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter, using renewable energy techniques.
One way to think about green architecture is its capability to reduce the embodied energy of a building. Any licensed architect can assist clients in sourcing materials that require less intensive labour and also require less transportation.
Another way to minimize embodied energy during building creation is by using materials that have been recycled, like steel or reclaimed wood. This gives new construction a smaller footprint opposed to those buildings that require entirely new materials to be fabricated.
There are several features which can make a building ‘green’. These include:
- Efficient use of energy, water, and other resources.
- Use of renewable energy.
- Pollution and waste reduction measures.
- Good indoor environmental air quality.
- Use of materials that are non-toxic, ethical, and sustainable.
- Consideration of the environment in design, construction, and operation.
- A design that enables adaptation to a changing environment.