What is GREEN building?
Green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings use resources - energy, water and materials - while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building's lifecycle - design, construction, operation, maintenance and removal.
Green building has significant environmental, economic and social benefits including improved air and water quality, conservation and restoration of natural resources, reduced operating costs, improved occupant productivity and heightened aesthetic qualities.
Components of green building include:
- Water Efficiency
- Environmentally Preferable Building Materials and Specifications
- Waste Reduction
- Toxics Reduction
- Indoor Air Quality
- Smart Growth and Sustainable Development