The Environmental Protection Agency describes green buildings as, “buildings in which we live, work, and play protect us from nature’s extremes, yet they also affect our health and environment in countless ways.” That doesn’t mean they have to be completely self-sufficient or carbon neutral, any alterations you can make to make a building more eco-friendly would be a start towards creating more green buildings.
A green building includes smart, innovative designs towards saving energy, decreasing waste, providing high insulation, using eco-friendly materials, and using renewable energy. It tries to conserve energy and utilizes the least amount of natural resources as much as possible, so recycled materials or other biodegradable products are used to create furniture or even structural support. In a green building, I would hypothetically expect to see fluorescent lighting, green roofs to cool the building, and even passive solar techniques, where windows are placed accordingly to absorb the most amount of sunlight during the day. Water conservation is equally important in green buildings, so water conserving techniques, such as ultra-low flush toilets and low-flow showers, can also be seen inside the bathrooms.
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