Green Building

What is Green Building?


What is Green Building?

Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to both the structure its self and also the building process. Both the structure and building process will be environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.


What Materials Are Used in Green Building?

The materials will not only be sustainable but may also be locally sourced to keep the total carbon footprint of the build as low as possible.

Here is a list of some materials used in green building:

  • Cork
  • Polystyrene and isocyanurate
  • Natural Clay
  • Non- VOC paints
  • Natural Fiber Floor
  • Fiber Cement
  • Stone
  • Cordwood
  • Straw Bale
  • Earth Bags
  • Slate/ Stone Roofing
  • Steel
  • Thatch
  • Composites
  • Natural Fiber
  • Polyurethane
  • Fiber Glass
  • Cellulose
  • Earthen Materials
  • Wood
  • Bamboo
  • SIPs
  • Insulated Concrete Forms
  • Hemp

What Things Are Considered When Building Green?

  • Efficient use of energy, water, and other resources
  • Use of renewable energy, such as solar energy
  • Pollution and waste reduction measures, and the enabling of re-use and recycling
  • Good indoor environmental air quality
  • Use of materials that are non-toxic, ethical, and sustainable
  • Consideration of the environment in design, construction, and operation
  • Consideration of the quality of life of occupants in design, construction, and operation
  • A design that enables adaptation to a changing environment

What Are Some Benefits of Building Green?

Green Buildings are usually healthier to live in because the materials used are natural and ventilation is usually better in green architecture.

Another benefit of green building is low energy costs. Green building is all about sustainability, so ensuring that the structure is energy efficient, if not completely self-sustaining, is paramount when it comes to the overall construction and structure design.

Thirdly, the biggest advantage of green building is that it’s better for the environment. From design to material sourcing, and construction process, every step of the building process is considered with environmental impact in mind.


Green Building

If you’re interested in learning more about green building or want to add solar to your green building project, Hirst Solar Consulting can inform you of all your solar options. Our consultations can be done virtually and at your convenience. Hirst Solar Consulting will build you a custom solar design to meet your energy needs and goals. Contact us today!