Going Green is going strong, with more support than ever being greener seems to be the new wave of the future. Every day more and more people are becoming green to try and combat the ever-looming reality of global warming. In order to fight this people are including aspects of eco-friendly solutions into their day-to-day lives, and even in their business practices.
What is Green Building?
Green building is a building project that is environmentally friendly, that is, it doesn’t disrupt the land, water, resources, and provides a healthy environment for all involved. To quote the Environmental Protection Agency “Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and deconstruction. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Green building is also known as a sustainable or high-performance building.”
What are the benefits of Green Building?
There is one very apparent benefit to green building: it’s an environmentally friendly solution to building. The act of being environmentally friendly in itself is cost effective. Because you are building everything in the most efficient, conservative manner possible you are already saving money. Beyond that, you can reap tons of savings through efficient lighting and power use. You also can create a market for green products and services, which is an ever-growing niche. Furthermore, being environmentally friendly means you’re reducing water waste, conversing natural resources, improving local air and water quality, and protecting biodiversity in the local ecosystem.
This extends far past economic reasons; we must all chip in to help save the environment. Putnam County has some of the most beautiful and scenic trails in New York, when you choose to start a building project using green methods you’re actively choosing to conserve these beautiful trails.