Green And Sustainable Building: Do You Know The Difference?
Insight The terms “green building” and “sustainable building” are commonly used in conversation, but what do they mean?
New industry technologies have assisted this process: insulated concrete forms and structural insulated panels boast high insulation value and minimize waste.
"It’s estimated that buildings account for almost 70 percent of our electricity consumption and 12 percent of our water consumption."
There are many benefits of green building — for building owners, tenants, and society at large. The owner of a commercial green building may anticipate lower operating costs, allowing for more competitive rents or higher operating profits. In today’s marketplace, green buildings are environmentally sensitive and perceived as forward looking and prestigious — adding to the building owners’ brand.
Valuing the environment
Green tenants demonstrate commitment to sustainability, offer healthier working environments, and consequently attract the savvy talent they need — talent with a high value on the environment.
It’s estimated that buildings account for almost 70 percent of our electricity consumption and 12 percent of our water consumption. By building green, we reduce overall resource demands and contain the need for power generation, water purification plants, and waste treatment plant expansions — thereby minimizing rates and taxes.
Building green is good business that makes sense.