What is green building and why does it matter?

For today’s Europe, green building represents one of the most significant and exciting opportunities for sustainable growth on both a national and
a global scale. The design of our built environment impacts us all, as well as our economies and the natural environment, and Green Building Councils are driving its transformation towards sustainability.

Takes an intelligent approach to energy
• Minimising energy use in all stages of a building’s life-cycle, making new and renovated buildings more comfortable, less expensive to run and helping building users learn to be efficient too.
• Integrating renewable and low carbon technologies to supply buildings’ energy needs, once design has maximised inbuilt and natural efficiencies. Safeguards our water resources
• Exploring ways to improve drinking and waste water efficiency and management, harvesting water for safe indoor use in innovative ways and generally minimising water use in the sector.
• Considering the impact of the built environment on stormwater and drainage infrastructure, ensuring these are not put under undue stress or prevented from doing their job.
Minimises waste and maximises reuse
• Using fewer, more durable materials and generating less waste, as well as accounting for a building’s end of life stage by designing for demolition waste
recovery and reuse.
• Engaging building users in reuse and recycling. Promotes health and well-being
• Bringing a breath of fresh air inside, delivering high indoor air quality through good ventilation and avoiding materials and chemicals that create harmful emissions.
• Incorporating natural light and views to ensure building users’ comfort and enjoyment of their surroundings,reducing lighting energy needs in the process.
• Designing for ears as well as eyes. In the education, health and residential sectors, acoustics and proper sound insulation play important roles in helping concentration, recuperation, and peaceful enjoyment of property.
• Ensuring people are comfortable in their everyday environments, creating the right indoor temperature as the seasons pass through passive design
Keeps our landscape green
• Recognising that our urban environment should preserve nature, ensuring diverse wildlife and land quality are protected or enhanced, for example by remediating and building on polluted land or creating green spaces.
• Adapting to a changing environment, ensuringresilience to events such as flooding, earthquakes or fires so that our buildings stand the test of time
and keep people and their belongings safe.
• Looking for ways we can make our urban areas more productive, bringing agriculture into our cities. Creates resilient and flexible structures a to hanging environment, ensuring resilience to events such as flooding, earthquakes or fires so that our buildings stand the test of time and keep people and their belongings safe.
• Designing flexible and dynamic spaces, anticipating changes in their use over time and avoiding the need to demolish and rebuild or significantly renovate
buildings to prevent them becoming obsolete.

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