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What Is Green Building and Remodeling?

Green building and eco thinking practicesDue to concerns about climate change, green building is in vogue nowadays. Many of those who are having new structures constructed are starting to consider the carbon footprint of their buildings. But does it mean anything for those whose homes or buildings are already built? Are there any other advantages to joining this movement, other than helping to save the world?

Defining the Green Building

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), green building is:

“…the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.”

Simply put, green building doesn’t just end at constructing an eco-friendly structure. Even the maintenance and demolition of a building is also covered. In this aspect, green building already includes the concept of remodeling or renovating an already existing structure to become more environmentally sound.

Considerations for Green Building

Now that the scope of green building and remodeling has been defined, what should property owners look at to ascertain if their structure is really green? The EPA outlines three main areas of impact:

  • Efficient consumption of energy, water, materials, and other natural resources
  • Minimizing environmental degradation by reducing waste and pollution (air, water, indoor, and noise)
  • Preventing harm to human health while improving employee productivity.

Of course, these areas themselves have a very broad scope and may also come across as vague. This has led to the creation of several certification systems—used in the US and internationally—to help mandate standards for green building.

Certification Systems

One of the most popular green building standards today is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Administered by the US Green Building Council, and used extensively in the United States and Canada, it can be applied to the following:

  • Building Design and Construction
  • Interior Design and Construction
  • Building Operations and Maintenance
  • Neighborhood Development
  • Homes

To get the certification, a specific site should earn enough credits in the following categories:

  • Location and transportation
  • Sustainable sites
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy and atmosphere
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Innovation
  • Regional priority credits

With these categories under LEED, simply improving a single aspect is not enough to be certified as a green building. It’s really important to look at the bigger picture, especially when it comes to the energy-saving aspect. Hence, a variety of approaches should be employed, from installing reflective window film (or even new windows) to implementing custom air sealing solutions.

Looking at joining the green building movement? For insulation needs and more, look no further than eShield. Call us at 866-978-9170 for a free energy analysis.