Sustainable building and green building practices come with an array of benefits and we hope that as more technology advances and information becomes more readily available, the costs of green building will decrease and become mainstream.
The built environment and infrastructure has a great influence on our natural resources and environment, directly impacting human health and our standards of living. Picture a world built primarily on sustainable practices and intentions. Waste should be considered a crime because we are directly harming one another through harmful building methods. Instead, we hold the power to integrate green construction methods to any building at any stage, from design to construction, deconstruction to renovation. The potential benefits of sustainable building may be unleashed if we just set our minds to it as a whole. It will take the joint efforts of government officials, design and construction teams, and consumers to work together from an early stage of a built project to significantly optimize the sustainable benefits of green building.
The most obvious benefit is environmental. From protecting the biodiversity to delicate ecosystems to improving air and water qualities, the ways in which we gather building materials, the way we construct, the buildings we create, and the technologies we use all play a role in sustaining resources. Reducing waste streams and reducing by-products as much as we can is the most sure-fired way of conserving and restoring our limited natural resources.
A healthier home and living environment should be enough of an incentive for anyone looking for a reason to support and implement green building. Green homes use toxin-free building materials to help resist indoor air pollution. Green homes also have far fewer problems with mildew or nasty toxic mold. While natural ventilation in green homes are widespread, mechanical ventilation systems bring in more fresh air from the outside in while filtering out stale air. A cost efficient home is at the priority of every home-buyer these days and if you calculate all the costs of owning a home, a green home is comparable to and in some circumstances cheaper than owning a standard home. Though you may be dishing out higher upfront costs, in the long run you will be saving on your electricity bill to offset the initial costs.
Insurance companies are more likely to offer lower home insurance rates due to the greater durability, and energy efficiency of green homes. Among other cost saving factors, consider the local, state and federal government incentives and tax breaks for green features to your home, as well as building certified LEED homes. An environmentally friendly home further reduces our dependence on conventional energy while generating alternative sources through green materials and energy sources like geothermal energy, wind and solar power. As green homes gain momentum, so will the survival of our species and quality of life improve.