Friday, December 27, 2013

What is a green building? Pt. 1

The concept of a green building has been thrown around a lot this year. But don’t you think it’s odd that nobody has bothered to define precisely what it is?

Why are green buildings revolutionary in the construction industry? What is a green building, and what is it supposed to do? A green building in the truest sense is constructed and operates under the principles of environmental sustainability. From the practices involved to the materials used, a green building must use the latest green technologies and must not unduly disrupt land, water, and energy resources. 

Deciding to have a green building is a serious—and commendable—decision. Here are a few steps that will help you through the process.

1. Set your green goals and objectives.

Before getting yourself involved in the green design process, you have to sit down with the construction firm, architect, or engineer, and talk about what you want for the green building. Is it energy efficiency, water conservation, material and resource management? Whatever the goals are, you have to make clear that someone in the team must be responsible for them.

2. The project must be backed by a highly focused and talented green team.

A green building requires the commitment and involvement of a team, composed of professionals who are 100% committed to your goals. The design team must have architects, engineering consultants, and designers who have collective knowledge, dedication, and experience in their respective crafts and specifically green buildings. The members must participate in the goal-setting session and must be on the same page as everyone else.

3. The design process must be integrative.

Designing a green building is not a matter of merely putting together the latest green building technologies. Instead, each element must be part of a bigger picture. There must be a complete balance of the elements and systems, making sure that every part is interrelated to the other.
These are three of the things you need to do to set the foreground for a green building. In the next part, we at Norsteel will talk about the five elements that must be present in a green building.

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