Eco building in 2016: what does green really mean?

The construction of green buildings is on trend today and such buildings are very important environmentally in the construction industry. There is a huge emphasis on being carbon neutral while trying to live in a sustainable way, which is a good thing, and being able to live in a ‘green’ building is the gold standard.

Eco building in 2016

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What is a green building?

A land remediation service green building is a ‘healthy’ construction that uses neutral materials, rejects the use of toxic substances in the manufacturing of construction materials, limits the negative impact of human habitat on the environment, and reduces energy consumption. A green building also adapts to its natural environment and to its inhabitants, whose wellbeing is critical.

Green or sustainable construction is defined by the Green Construction Board as a combination of techniques and materials that together contribute to improve environmental performance. The use of recycled materials and the limitation of water consumption and waste production are the main features of a green building.

Green building considerations

There are several factors to take into consideration before starting a green building with the help of a company such as Ash remediation management. The project as a whole should be managed properly, with natural light installations and thermal insulation, and natural materials with a low energy footprint should be used. Additionally, smart equipment such as energy-efficient lighting and heating systems should be implemented. A healthy habitat should also go with a healthy site, which means the condition of the ground should be checked.

Two types of green buildings are usually found: passive construction and natural construction. Natural construction usually follows two key principles: the architecture being adapted to the environment and the use of natural and/or renewable materials. It relies on materials that come directly from nature and are sourced locally, recyclable and renewable.

In contrast, a passive building is a construction with a comfortable indoor climate both in winter and summer without an additional heating system. This type of building is usually rather compact to achieve a low energy consumption. The building must be fully insulated, the windows must be triple glazed and preferably south-facing bays, and there must be double flow controlled mechanical ventilation (CMV) with heating recovery and a thermal solar for hot water.

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