Architecture - Building Green Homes And Buildings

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					Architecture - Building Green Homes And Buildings
Everything is going green from cars to clothes to what we eat and where
we vacation. Green buildings are the next step in the crusade for the
environment and are no longer restricted to private homes or eccentric
designers.
Going green has several benefits for the building owners and for the
environment. The only downside for many is construction cost since eco
friendly building materials do tend to be slightly more expensive than
traditional materials. Most are fine with the increase in prices since it
will pay off in the long run with reductions in the price of utilities.
Going green is becoming very popular with over 50,000 such homes being
constructed in just the past decade alone. Whole communities devoted to
being ecologically friendly are springing up and even professional
buildings are joining the cause. At this rate, many experts believe that
a majority of new homes and buildings will soon be all green with older
structures being converted in an effort to reduce energy costs and
consumption.
There are a large number of materials available on the market today that
can be used in the construction of environmentally friendly buildings.
From the outside, to the inside, savvy builders are implementing new
technology and reused materials in a way that benefits the environment.
In fact, many cities and states are looking into implementing guidelines
requiring new buildings to be more eco-friendly.
There are many companies offering green building materials for the
exterior and interior. Before beginning construction it is important to
consider a few key points that will help determine what type of eco
friendly materials should be used in construction.
With the variety of construction materials some of the materials will not
be suitable in every environment. Builders have to take into
consideration what it will take to heat and cool buildings during the
winter and summer months when energy consumption for homes and offices
are higher. If the materials used make it more difficult to keep the home
cool then it will still be damaging to the environment even if the
material is eco-friendly in itself.
The importance of recycled materials is worth repeating. There are
several building materials on the market that are created using recycled
content. Concrete, pipes, carpet, all have recycled counterparts. By
buying recycled goods, the consumer is helping complete the cycle that
reduces landfill waste and strains on the environment.
Of course, it is wise to purchase eco-friendly materials locally when
possible. Most do not take transportation cost into consideration when
ordering construction materials. Purchasing local materials will cut down
the effects of transportation such as gas usage and harmful emissions.
So, what are some specific benefits of building green? These vary in
several fields but all have an overreaching benefit. With the reduction
of waste and harmful effects that buildings have on the environment, it
will improve the quality of life.
Building a green home or building will aid in improving air and water
quality which is becoming a major concern for communities the world over.
By using recycled materials, these green buildings will help to conserve
natural resources that are being rapidly depleted. The overall operating
costs of green buildings have proven to be cheaper in the long run then
traditional buildings. As more green buildings sprout up, the demand for
them grows creating a very healthy trend that is pretty much guaranteed
to continue throughout the years.
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