Green condos are on the rise today. But the green movement is not just seen in condominiums. It seems like it’s becoming a trend in buildings across all industries as well. A survey conducted by the World Green Building Trends found that majority of businesses are committed to integrating sustainability into their projects this year.
The Benefits of a Green Building
Businesses are drawn into sustainable construction mainly because of the many benefits it offers.
- People working in green buildings are healthier. Green buildings means using construction materials that are non-toxic, which in turn improves indoor environmental quality. Employees with respiratory conditions like asthma have reported improved health when working in green buildings.
- It also boosts productivity in the workplace. Improved indoor air quality, better lighting, and thermal comfort have been found to make people more productive.
- Businesses also reported significant energy savings from reduced water use, natural resource conservation and lower greenhouse gas emissions, thus cutting down their utility expenditures.
Green Building Trends
The following are construction practices and technologies that are designed to help save our planet:
- Maximize the use of sustainable construction materials
Building construction consumes sizeable volumes of resources, which is why businesses should use biodegradable, recycled and sustainable materials.
- Green architecture with cross-ventilation
Sometimes all it takes is making a few tweaks into the building’s design to be able to conserve energy use and provide the building occupants with more light and air.
- Zero-energy buildings
These structures are specially engineered to rely solely on renewable energy sources like wind power and solar, which in turn, allows them to function without relying on the electric grid.
Although zero-energy buildings cost more to construct than others, the long-term benefits have compelled companies to perceive it as a good investment.
- Water reuse technologies
Buildings consume close to 14 percent of the world’s potable water. This has led engineers to create systems that promote water efficiency.
- Storm-water management
This aims to prevent erosions in rural areas as well as prevent floods in urban areas caused by sudden downfalls of rain. There are a lot of storm-water management practices, including the use of plants in strips or small containers placed over green infrastructure.
- Smart glass
There is now a green version of windows which are coated with metallic oxide to protect the interior against the sun’s harsh rays during summer. This technology can also keep the heat inside the building in the winter.
Also known as electrochromic glass, smart glass uses a small amount of electricity to control the amount of light that the glass reflects. It tints during the sun’s peak hours and becomes transparent at night.
- Cool roofs
Similar to low-emittance windows, cool roofs have the ability to reflect sunlight. This specialized roofs possess high levels of solar reflectance as well as thermal emittance in order to absorb less heat. The result is that the inside of the building is cooler and more comfortable to occupants, thereby preventing the need for using an air conditioner.