In short, green building techniques seek to achieve three goals:
- Slashing the amount of pollution, waste, and environmental degradation that comes from the building construction and operation process.
- Using natural resources such as water, energy, etc., as efficiently as possible.
- Creating a healthy intra-building environment that promotes occupant well-being and worker productivity.
The rewards, however, are more than worth the effort involved. They include:
- Improved conservation of natural resources.
- Enhanced water and air quality, both in and around the building.
- A better environment overall, thanks to the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity.
- Reduced operating costs, thanks to greater efficiencies in building construction and management.
- A healthier, more pleasant environment for everyone in the area.
While the goals of green building remain the same across geographical regions, the exact form the construction methods take will vary depending on local ecosystem and access to natural resources.
For example, the High Desert area is blessed with abundant amounts of sunlight most of the year. So green building techniques in our area would focus on installing solar panels, solar water heating, and similar devices. In a colder region, eco-friendly construction may focus on using wind, geothermal, or other non-solar power sources instead. Like nature itself, the principles behind green building readily adapt themselves to their surroundings.