World Green Building Week: 16 - 20 September
In its 4th year running, the 2013 World Green Building Week draws business leaders together from across the world to advocate for the importance of sustainable and green building. This year the theme is Greener Buildings, Better Places, Healthier People. A key point in this theme is the link between buildings and people, and The World Green Building council attempts to showcase this with examples of how green buildings can improve the lives of everyone in the community. World Green Building week events will be held all over Australia, from street level explorations of some of Australia’s best Green Star-rated buildings, to on-site tours and presentations.
What is “green building”? The importance of green building and why you should choose a green builder for your construction needs.
Green building, or sustainable 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, fit out, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition. One of the highest contributing factors to pollution is from the construction side of building.
Construction causes significant side effects such as deforestation, air and water pollution, and the risk of global warming. Buildings consume 17 per cent of the world’s fresh water withdrawals, 25 per cent of its wood harvest and 40 per cent of its material and energy flows.
Australian Government website “LivingGreener.gov.au” states, “If you’re thinking about renovating your home or building a new home, you can reduce the environmental impact of your building project in a range of ways. Up to 40 per cent of waste that goes to landfill in Australia is building waste; so minimising and recycling your building waste can have a big impact. The waste and pollution created from manufacturing building materials and products can also be reduced.”
More and more, people are recognizing the importance of corporate social responsibility in the building and construction industry and understanding the impact constructions can have on the environment. To continue building a sustainable living environment for everyone, building and construction companies need to apply high quality standards and find cost efficient ways to reduce waste.
Some other advantages of Green Building
The following is sourced from: http://greenliving.about.com/od/architecturedesign/tp/green_building_advantages.htm
Putting aside the advantages for the environment and people in the community, it has also been found that green building also has benefits for owners and developers in terms of return on investment.
The first and arguably most significant advantage is that employees working in green offices are healthier, more comfortable, and absenteeism is reduced by 40% as compared to normal office employees. This converts to an increased level of productivity and benefits the company by having employees generate more revenue.
Revenues are also cut from normal operating costs such as electricity, gas and water costs when green buildings use natural light and solar power. Furthermore, a psychological effect is also seen from retail shoppers as sales are up 40% when stores are lighted with skylights as opposed to natural lighting.
Finally, green buildings with sustainable design components generally have higher market value and a higher resale value. With all the advantages seen from green buildings, it’s hard to argue otherwise!