Green Building – Energy Efficient Design and Construction
Homes are more than a roof over our heads, they contribute to our comfort, health, peace, joy, and quality of life. In today’s carbon constrained World, the environmental impact of buildings becomes more apparent, a new field called Green Building or Sustainable construction is gaining momentum. The cutting edge of design and Building Science is focused on Indoor Air Quality, Radiant Comfort, Health and whole-building related elements far more important than simply keeping a thermostat satisfied.
Green or sustainable building is the practice of creating and using healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance and demolition. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Green building is also known as a sustainable or high performance building.
Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:
- Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
- Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
- Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation
Green Building – Certification Bodies
There are a dozen or more Green Building organizations that each have their own sustainable strength and certification process. SunPump has been a member of most of these Energy Efficiency design bodies. We will start by discussing the Building Science, Economics, and Value of the leading contenders. LEED, Built Green, Passive House, and Net Zero Energy. Our view is towards the balance of Value and Sustainability as it relates to Renewable Heating and Energy Efficiency. If we can help clarify why a person should build better than Code energy design, that is our goal.
Three Facts Builders Should Learn
- 88% of new home buyers value energy efficiency;
- 70% of new home buyers choose energy efficiency upgrade options when they are offered by the builder, and
- The #1 reason people do not consider energy efficiency upgrades in their new homes purchase is that the builder did not explain the benefits.