[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ustainability is something that is taking the world by storm. That is one fact that cannot be denied. Sustainable buildings are being planned and constructed almost anywhere because more and more people have realized the benefits they can enjoy from such structures.
Construction of green buildings requires the cooperation of contractors, engineers and architect in co-creating these structures with the environment. When you look closer into the idea of building sustainable structures you will realize as well that it is a way of respecting nature and its natural resources. The entire process is focused on making use of sustainable materials and renewable energy, as well in ensuring proper site development, water conservation and overall indoor and outdoor environmental quality. The benefits provided by a sustainable building are generally categorized into three divisions: environmental, economical and social.
The main purpose behind construction of sustainable building is to effectively preserve the environment in order to avoid the exhaustion of Earth’s natural resources. If sustainable substitutions are created throughout every segment of the project’s development it provides the following environmental benefits:
Protection of the Ecosystem
Use of renewable energy sources and initiatives on efficiency lessen the anthropogenic contributions to damaging global climate change; as well reduce emissions that put human health and air quality into compromise.
Reduction of hazardous emissions are achieved in building green buildings through utilization less environmentally destructive materials and reduced fossil fueled electricity dependence.
This is achieved effectively through recycling rainwater that can yield significant water supplies. Sustainable building promotes storm water management that includes the processes of harvesting and redirection that eventually can reduce flooding and erosion.
Conservation and Restoration of Natural Resources
Without the need for usage of fossil energy resources, natural resources are effectively conserved and restored.
The growing efforts to use the deconstruction method, instead of the demolition method allows for more people to massively reduce waste production. It has been proven that if buildings are deconstructed million tons of debris will be effectively diverted from landfills. Deconstruction means doing a selective dismantlement of the components of the buildings, for recycling, re-use, and proper waste management. Deconstruction significantly differs from demolition, wherein a site is totally cleared of the building by the most convenient methods.