Green Building: All You Need to Know

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In an era where everyone is keen on going green, it makes sense to consider the move even when building a house. The current rate at which natural resources are being exploited means that the earth is no longer sustainable. In the coming years, some natural resources will be depleted. Some people understand that the stakes are high and are now taking deliberate measures to take on green building.

So what exactly is green building?

Green building, also known as high performance or sustainable building,  means different things to different people. Some people consider green buildings as those constructed with material that are self-sustaining. Others think that it is a building whose surroundings are green. Well, they may not be far from the truth. Green building is a process that allows those involved in the project to preserve most of the project site’s natural environment. While most constructions disrupt water resources, land, soil structure and energy resources, green building circle around natural resources without disrupting their natural flow.

Why is it important to go green?

  1. Reduce your carbon imprint on the planet: Use of plastics is leaves a permanent footprint because plastics are not biodegradable. Going green involves reduced or no use of plastics, so this is your opportunity to do the earth some good.
  2. Reduce energy wastage: Going green emphasizes on efficient use of every resource. If there is a more efficient way of doing something, you are likely to find it in green projects.
  3. Protecting occupant’s health: Most health regimens recommend a natural diet, living in a natural environment and basically going natural.
  4. Make the occupant more productive: If you are more healthy and active, you become more productive.

Just how expensive is green building?

Most people think that green building is expensive since construction materials can be quite costly. However, green living is actually very affordable in the long run when you consider the energy saving and healthy living. It is more of an investment.

Benefits of Green building

Benefits to the environment

  • Improves water and air quality
  • Conserves natural resources
  • Reduces water wastage
  • Preserves ecosystems and biodiversity

Benefits to your economical status

  • Improves your productivity
  • Creates a market for green products
  • Reduces your operation costs.

Benefits to your social life

  • Improve your comfort and health
  • Improves your quality of life
  • Reduces strain on infrastructure.
Doreen Mueke
Doreen is the Senior Content Marketer at Ringier One Africa Media.