Why we should have more green buildings

Green buildings are created to fulfill some very important objectives such as protecting person’s health; rising worker productivity; using energy, water, and alternative resources more efficiently; and reducing the general impact to the environment according to research gate https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323836122_A_review_on_green_building_architecture_utilizing_environmentally_friendly_energy-saving technologies

The more evidences are establishing that green buildings come with numerous benefits to the environment and indirectly to the human beings.

Keeping the building covered with plants and other environ friendly things are some of the most effective means to gain more number of global goals, such as addressing climate change, creating sustainable and thriving communities, and driving economic growth.

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Talking about these benefits, and facilitating a growing evidence base for proving them, is the what all environment saver organisations are currently trying to achieve.

The benefits of green buildings can be named under three categories: environmental, economic and social. Here, we are discussing a no. Of facts and data that show multifold benefits of having our green surrounding.

Environmental

One of the most obvious kind of benefit green buildings show directly to our climate and the surrounding environment. Green buildings can not only reduce or eliminate negative impacts on the environment, by using less energy, water or natural resources, but they can – in many cases – have a positive impact on the environment (at the building or city scales) by generating their own energy and increasing biodiversity.

At a global level:Green buildings achieving the Green Star certification in Australia have been shown to produce 62% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than average Australian buildings, and 51% less potable water .

Green buildings certified by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) results in energy savings of 40 – 50% and water savings of 20 – 30% compared to conventional buildings in India.

Economic

Green buildings offer a number of economic or financial benefits, which are relevant to a range of different people or groups of people. These include cost savings on utility bills for tenants or households (through energy and water efficiency); lower construction costs and higher property value for building developers; increased occupancy.

Canada’s green building industry generated $23.45 billion in GDP and represented nearly 300,000 full-time jobs in 2014 .

Building owners report that green buildings – whether new or renovated – command a 7 per cent increase in asset value over traditional buildings

Green building have shown to bring positive impact at social level apart from environmental and economic benefits to the society. Many of these benefits are around the health and wellbeing of people who work in green offices or live in green homes.

Social

Workers in green, well-ventilated offices record a 101 per cent increase in cognitive scores (brain function) – according to the study published in Harvard https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/built-environment/

Employees in offices with windows slept an average of 46 minutes more per night – https://aasm.org/study-links-workplace-daylight-exposure-to-sleep-activity-and-quality-of-life/ according to American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2013.

Research suggests that better indoor air quality (low concentrations of CO2 and pollutants, and high ventilation rates) can lead to improvements in performance of up to 8 percent.

Creating buildings which are not only good for the environment, but also support healthier, happier and more productive lives.

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