Key factors to consider for green building projects
According to a report by the EPA, “Green building continues to gain momentum as it demonstrates numerous opportunities to improve the impacts of buildings on the environment and health.” This is understandable, as green building has shown to increase cognitive functions up to 101%. Yet, building a green structure is not as cut and dry as just planting a few trees around the perimeter or installing a “green” ventilation system. Like any well-designed building, there are considerations that should be thought out in full prior to construction.
If you plan to implement solar power, how will the sun’s energy be harvested?
The sun is the number one renewable energy source available. Solar power sources should be considered, as well as generators and energy-saving devices that rely upon solar power. Solar photovoltaics can turn the sun’s heat into energy and reduce the cost of oil, coal, and natural gases used by both residential and commercial structures.
Check out this very handy tool: Google’s Project Sunroof. Keep in mind that this program by Google is still in its testing stages, so your address may not be available. It’s a fun way to spend a few minutes, in any case.
How will indoor and outdoor air quality be maximized?
Exterior air should be maximized by planting trees and shrubs throughout the property. The exterior trees should be designed to function both as a means of clean air as well as a barrier for unwanted winds. Exterior foliage can also be used to filter toxins and reduce the humidity in the air.
Interior spaces should choose a system that does not produce fumes, removes pollutants, focuses on dust and dirt reduction, and does not omit carbon dioxide. Choosing a system that has non-toxic materials and air filters can remove up to 95% or more of the toxins in the air. Keep in mind air circulation when designing your green building. Your project manager or builder will likely want to discuss your ventilation system at length.
How will my building minimize waste and the production of harmful chemicals?
It does little good to have a building that is based on green design principles if the chemicals used on the property cancel out the positive effects. A few great ideas that will put you closer to achieving your goals of eco-friendly living include low- or no-VOC paints, rainwater irrigation, organic all-natural fertilizers, and more.
Overall, your green design should focus on utilizing renewal natural resources that will have provide a safe and healthy environment for your family and have minimal negative impact on the environment around you.
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