Building Green

sustainable building. I was watching a program on the A&E channel about a real estate investor who buy destressed properties and fix them up to sale for a profit. In this particular episode, one partner said to the other, I want to redo this house by building green. The other partner replied - Yeah, I think green is a good color for this house. I immediately laughed thinking this guy was joking, but he wasn't. I thought, here is a guy who work in the real estate/ construction field, yet he did not know what building green was. If he didn't know, I figured that much of the general population would be just as uninformed.

I must admit, I'm no expert on the subject but, I do have some general understanding of this somewhat out of mainstream building concept. Building green is the practice of constructing buildings with efficiency through the use of energy and material while reducing the impact of waste from construction and buildings to our environment. Going green can start from the initial design concept, eliminating waste by designing in sizes that are standard for materials. Afterwhich, building green continues on through to the construction (fitting naturally into its surroundings), operation, and maintenance of the building throughout its life.

Building Green uses an array of products and material. Attributes of these products include the following:

  • Made with Salvaged, Recycled, or Agricultural Waste Content
  • Conserve Natural Resources
  • Avoid Toxic or Other Emissions
  • Save Energy or Water (as in appliances)
  • Contribute to a Safe & Healthy Built Environment

There are many advantages to building green; however, it is more expensive than traditional building practices. If your are interested in protecting the enviroment while building your home, Green is the way to go. Home Builders are increasingly aware of green construction, so shop around for a builder who has experience in green construction.