Sustainable or green construction is a form of construction that focuses not only on the environmental impacts of construction, but the creation of lasting, functional structures that champion the essence of sustainability. We can address green construction through the use of sustainable materials (recycled and renewable) as well as rooftop gardens, water reduction measures and nontoxic building materials.
When we build with sustainability in mind, it means that we build in a way in which building practices used can be utilized in the long term without causing damage to the environment. There are a number of aspects to sustainable construction, and firms that specialize in sustainable practices often oversee such construction. In this industry, sustainability can be a complex topic.
One critical factor is environmental sustainability, but the equally important aspects of social and economic sustainability are vital to examine when thinking about sustainable agriculture. Excellent sustainable construction is based in the environmental impacts of the construction and long-term building use, in addition to the consideration for whether or not a structure is economically sensible to build and maintain. Additionally, sound sustainable construction asks whether or not a structure fits sustainably into the social structure in the area where it is being built.
We can address environmental sustainability in many ways: increasing energy efficiency, and reducing the amount of energy a structure needs in the long term; and using sustainable materials, such as recycled materials and renewable materials. These actions can ensure that the very structures designed are composed of materials that conserve the earth’s resources. Environment sustainability can include the additional measures for design so that it benefits the overall environment. This is where the concepts of water reduction, non-toxic building materials and even rooftop gardens can come into play.
Improving the energy efficiency of buildings, industrial processes, and transportation reduce the global energy consumption significantly, consequently also reducing CO2 emissions. Efficient energy use is something that can be introduced in all levels of society, from encouraging individuals to save energy, to advising communities on how to build their homes.
Methods to Incorporate Sustainable Construction
- Low-Energy Buildings
- Building Materials
- Metering and Power and Control Electronics
- Measurement Analysis and Control for Buildings
- Circulator Pumps
- Ventilation and Air Conditioning / Heat Recovery
- Cooling / Refrigeration
- Fire Fighting
- Low-Energy Water Supply
- Industrial Equipment and Processes
- Chemical and Biological Technologies
- Other Energy Efficiency Technologies