Green Building Information
What is Green Building?
Green Building involves using an integrated approach to design and construct buildings that promotes well-being while significantly reducing the negative impact on the environment through emphasis on life-cycle analysis.
Green building practices incorporate:
Why Focus on Sustainable Design?
There are a number of economic benefits to green building and low impact development strategies, including reduced operating costs, increased return on investment, increased productivity and human health, enhanced image and marketability, meeting regulatory requirements, and reduced liability.
On the environmental front, development and construction practices are main contributors to the depletion of natural resources and a major cause of unwanted side effects such as air and water pollution, solid waste, deforestation, toxic wastes, health hazards, global warming, and other negative consequences. Buildings use one-quarter of all the world's wood harvest. Buildings consume two-fifths of all material and energy flows. Fifty-four percent of U.S. energy consumption is directly or indirectly related to buildings and their construction. Buildings account for 35% of U.S. CO2 emissions. In the state of Washington, 55% of all waste going to landfills is construction waste.
Additionally, NW Washington is experiencing high population growth rates that results in demand for increasing our 'built environment', and yet, the things newcomers and old timers value most, is our natural environment and strong sense of community.
Advanced Methods and Materials
Advanced methods and materials include:
Information about these methods can be found on the resource links featured below.
Green Building Resources and Links
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