Sustainable building requires that architects, engineers and contractors all co-create with the environment focusing on renewable energy, sustainable materials, water conservation, site development and quality of indoor ambiance.
Sustainable design improves the quality of life while eliminating the need for non-renewable energy. It creates solutions that solve the economic, social and environmental challenges of the project simultaneously. These solutions are powered by sustainable energies.
Typically, sustainability is illustrated as three intersecting circles connecting community, economy and the environment. The three rings of sustainability illustrate interdependence of the elements.
The environmental, economic and social benefits of sustainable building can be generally categorized in the following ways:
– Equitable Bearable
– Economy Environment
Not only does sustainable build-ing improve the quality of our environment, it also has many economic benefits. Using sustain-able materials, reducing energy consumption and improving water efficiency will enable you to:
– Help expand the Green Market
– Reduce operating costs
– Optimize life cycle of the building
– Increase property value
– Improve occupants attendance and productivity
The whole purpose behind sustainable building is to preserve our environment and avoid deple-tion of natural resources. When sustainable substitutions are made throughout the develop-ment of a project they allow us to:
– Perfect the ecosystem -Reduce emissions
– Improve air and water quality
– Conserve water
– Reduce waste streams
– Conserve and restore natural resources
– Reduce waste
– Control temperature
Although the environmental and economic benefits of green buildings are well known, their social benefits are often ignored. Improving indoor environmental quality will allow you to:
– Improve occupants comfort and health
– Create an aesthetically pleasing environment
– Minimize strain on local Infrastructure Boost occupants overall morale
– Increase worker productivity
Buildings utilize resources such as raw material, water and energy, generate waste and emit harmful atmospheric emissions. The built environment is a major source of CO2 (Greenhouse gas) emissions, energy and water consump-tion, conventional air and water pollution and solid waste stream.
Green design and construction not only help cut down emissions released into the ozone layer, but also help significantly reduce energy, water and HVAC costs.
Landscape, as a design-build firm believes that a building that approaches sustainability and green materials from its design phase has a very strong potential to perform in an environmental friendly manner.
Based on this, Landscape advises the inclusion of œgreen standards during the design phase as a proactive way to reach great performances.
Green facades can play a role in reducing the urban heat effect. On hot days, buildings and roads radiate heat, making cities much warmer than less-developed areas nearby.
A recent report from the global engineering firm Arup makes the case that they do, and that as cities get denser it’s even more important that buildings have built-in greenery to help suck up carbon, filter air pollution, dampen noise, and keep cities cooler
In the year 2015, there were 1,242 recorded deaths from heatstroke in Pakistan. Local hospitals/clinics reported treating more than 80,000 patients suffering from dehydration during the extreme weather.
Plants and greenery cool cities by absorbing sun, shading buildings, as well as through evaporation.
The green design development will continue to flourish and with time the benefits of sustainable building will continue to grow.