• Gareth Ngwenya

The Growing Need for Sustainable Buildings

Updated: Feb 17

Although sustainable buildings are growing in popularity lately, the full potential of green buildings isn't something that is understood by many people. As our communities expand, the impact this has on the environment can be detrimental with long-lasting effects.

As a society, we have a responsibility to protect the planet we've been given. Fortunately, there are many ways we can go about doing that while developing and constructing projects. Before we highlight the advantages of green, sustainable buildings it's important to note the three categories they'll fall under:

  • Environmental benefits

  • Social and health benefits

  • Economic and financial benefits

These benefits don't come at the cost of our society losing the current luxuries we indulge in or the lifestyle and habits we follow on a day-to-day basis.

The Benefits of a Green-Building Society

Imagine a society where we can enjoy an enhanced quality of life. Where employers and employees can be more productive while living in a progressive economy. Such a society is possible with the incorporation of green and sustainable elements added to our everyday buildings.

The following are essential benefits that a green-building society would have with sustainable construction:

1. Better Quality of Life

Because of the improved use of materials, cleaner working environments provide better health for employees. Furthermore, there would be less bad toxins in the air allowing for fresh air in crowded working environments.

2. Less Noise Pollution

Noise pollution is often overlooked since we've had to get used to bustling city streets and crowded environments. However, this can affect concentration and focus in the workplace or even at home. With sustainable construction, elements such as noise barriers and planting of more trees can be used strategically where the source of the noise is located.

3. Cost Reductions

Sustainable construction requires less use of energy, water, and waste. Most sustainable buildings use self-sustaining elements that allow for less need for natural resources while improving the environment. These elements are cost-efficient with great return on investment increasing the property value.

4. Superior Materials

Sustainable construction makes use of materials like rammed earth which can naturally heat and cool the building at the appropriate time. Materials like these improve on passive sustainability, meaning that the building can rely on its natural function more than heaters and air conditioners. Moreover, green buildings manage water more efficiently with recycling systems.

5. Environmentally Friendly

Effective, sustainable elements such as wind turbines and solar-powered panels provide clean energy that has no negative environmental impacts. These elements allow these buildings to collect and preserve natural energy that can be stored and reused at any time.

Sustainable construction also takes into consideration how well-insulated the windows, ceilings, and doors need to be to maximize the use of natural energy in the building.

Sustainable construction continues to grow with each passing day and the opportunities with it are already bringing new possibilities which are advancing the market.

Look forward to groundbreaking progress within the built environment!

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