Sunday, February 28, 2010

Green Building

Green Building, also known as green construction 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, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and deconstruction. This practice expands and

complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.

Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener

structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built

environment on human health and the natural environment by:

* Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
* Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
* Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation

A similar concept is natural building, which is usually on a smaller scale and tends to focus on the use of natural

materials that are available locally.

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