What is Green Building?

Green building is the practice of minimizing the impact a building has on the natural environment. Although there are numerous theories and rating systems proposing how this can be accomplished, they all share several clear goals:
  • Reduced Energy Consumption
    Energy is in high demand, and the processes used to generate energy often produce carbon dioxide
    emissions. Decreasing energy and fossil fuel use in buildings is important to prevent large-scale climate change.
  • Material and Resource Conservation
    Green designers and builders select building materials and methods that reduce the amount of
    natural resources required to construct a building.
  • Healthy Indoor Environment
    With people spending 90% of their time indoors, buildings should create a safe environment for
    occupants, free from mold, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or other harmful airborne pollutants.
  • Water Conservation
    Water-saving systems limit the use of this important natural resource and prevent water pollution that can damage natural ecosystems.
  • Site Planning

    Careful site and infrastructure development will minimize water and air pollution.

Want to learn more about green construction?  You can read more in our other blog posts or at sips.org.