Green building is the practice of creating and using healthier and more energy and resource-efficient buildings. The purpose of green buildings is to reduce the overall impact of buildings on the environment and on human health. Green building can be practice by an individual in their home or on a large scale by companies and organizations. What is green building?
Components Energy Efficiency Water Usage Reduction Less Building Waste
Ways to Green Improve a Home~Energy Efficiency~ Renewable resources (wind or solar) Good insulation high-efficiency air conditioners and furnaces replacing traditional incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent ones Energy Efficient Appliance (Energy Star Label)
Ways to Green Improve a Home~Water Usage Reduction~ Take showers not baths Higher efficiency toilets Water Sense labeled appliances Low flow sprinkler/irrigation systems Water plants during the early morning
Ways to Green Improve a Home~Less Building Waste~ Reduce, reuse, recycle Each year, Americans throw out over 195 million tons of trash. 136 million tons of this is building waste. Almost 90% of these materials could have and should have been recycled!!! Recycled content materials (e.g. decking)
Green Building Organizations
Hay Insulation Florescent Light Bulbs Solar panels High Performance Windows w/proper sealing Rainwater Collection Tank Revolving Door Efficient Heating and Cooling System Wind Turbine Non Toxic Paint