Green constructions, also known as a sustainable buildings, are structures designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner.
Green buildings are designed to meet certain objectives such as protecting occupant health; improving employee productivity; using energy, water, and other resources more efficiently; and reducing the overall impact to the environment.
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A green construction may cost more up front, but saves through lower operating costs over the life of the building. The green construction approach applies a project life cycle cost analysis for determining the appropriate up-front expenditure. This analytical method calculates costs over the useful life of the asset.
|These and other cost savings can only be fully realized when they are incorporated at the project's conceptual design phase with the assistance of an integrated team of professionals.
This approach ensures that the building is designed as one system rather than a collection of stand-alone systems.
Some benefits, such as improving occupant health, comfort, productivity, reducing pollution and landfill waste are not easily quantified. Consequently, they are not adequately considered in cost analysis.
For this reason, consider setting aside a small portion of the building budget to cover differential costs associated with less tangible green construction benefits or to cover the cost of researching and analyzing green construction options.