Sustainable Building: What it is and Why it’s Important

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Blog, Construction News | Comments Off on Sustainable Building: What it is and Why it’s Important

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Sustainable building; many say it’s the face of the future. Those in the construction industry know it’s the way the industry is going, and in order to be competitive and relevant, construction firms must know how to build sustainable homes. But what’s really behind this type of building? It’s easy to slap this term onto all types of new construction, but what really makes a home sustainable, and can we really expect that all new construction will acquire these features?

At this point in time, sustainable building is a broad term used to describe new construction that places some level of importance on eco-friendly building practices. Many builders are simply using smarter practices to build homes, being more conservative with materials and integrating energy efficient features such as windows and doors as well as Energy Saving appliances and heating and cooling equipment.

While these additions are certainly worthwhile, homes today can be built from scratch with sustainable materials, which leaves a lot to be desired. Let’s take a look at some of the most unique possibilities for green building.

–      Green rooftops made from plants

–      Eco-friendly insulation

–      Nontoxic paint

–      Local and reclaimed materials

–      Stone and brick exteriors

–      Environmentally friendly concrete

–      Biomass roofs

While not every home can possibly possess all of these features, sustainable building is a smart move for the future. Conventional building methods have been linked to a wide range of health problems due to the pollutants that come from dust mites, solvents, paints, plastics and composite woods. Green materials are better for the environment and our health, so it’s important to work toward this goal. In the meantime, we can look forward to improved building practices that protect the builders and the people living and working behind these walls.

Government support is also key, as the government needs to promote, fund and support green building projects, as well as offer incentives for private, eco-friendly construction projects that will give construction firms the push they need to turn to recycled, reclaimed and local materials that will make a difference in the health and longevity of our planet.

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