Green Building

What is it?

Green Building is a construction that, from the planning phases, is conceived to be both performing and sustainable from a viewpoint of the well-being of its inhabitants and its ecological footprint. These green buildings are conceived to pollute less and guarantee a higher quality of life for their inhabitants.

The term Green Building also encompasses a series of standards for so-called “sustainable construction”, the objective of which is to measure the ecological impact of a building and reduce it notably during its entire life cycle.

Multiple variables that can be evaluated in the sustainability rating of buildings:

  • Location and Sustainability of the site
  • Materials used and their impact on pollution
  • Consumption of resources
  • Limiting energy consumption
  • Safeguarding the quality of the air inside the building
  • Salvaging of materials and their subsequent reinsertion into the production cycle
  • Reduction of gas emissions and noise

Field of application 

The concept at the base of the ideology associated with Green Building is based on the gaining of an awareness of the high level of pollution that characterises our planet and of its dwindling water resources and the issue of climate change. This goes hand in hand with an accentuated awareness on behalf of construction companies who now embrace synergetic approaches in which the fusion of technological excellence, environmental sustainability, innovation, design, and structural quality is applied.

The construction sector is therefore the protagonist of Green Building, throughout all the planning, production, and maintenance supply chains. This type of approach to construction therefore involves planners, architects, engineers, interior and outdoor designers, and construction and maintenance firms.

On an applicable level:

  • Private residences
  • Industrial sheds
  • Logistical and commercial structures
  • Professional buildings
  • Public buildings
  • Places of gatherings and hospitality

The guiding principles on which the concept of green building is founded must always be at the base of the planning of each of these structures.

The advantages

The advantages of increasingly green construction, oriented toward a greater respect for the environment and focussed on the comfortable liveability of its inhabitants are numerous and undeniable.

The main advantages of Green Building include:

  • Greater respect for the planet, because a more sustainable building can be incorporated not only into the natural context, but also the urban setting that surrounds it, without causing damage. Green Building is indeed based on harmonising with natural elements like air, water, sun, and soil.
  • An increased commercial value, easily spendable even over the long term. Green buildings are always considered more appetizing on the real estate market, thanks to the greater level of living comfort and the excellent energy efficiency that distinguishes them.
  • Concrete economic savings for the inhabitants. An eco-sustainable house is, by its nature, less energy-consuming and this means that the energy it requires is decidedly less than that of a traditional building. The use of cutting edge systems and renewable technologies enables a fluid harmonisation of initial investments over a relatively short time, boosted by concrete savings in consumptions and an increase in the inhabitant’s well-being.

 

 

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