Green Buildings/Green Architecture

analytical Essay
2880 words
2880 words


A green building (also referred to as sustainable building or green construction) is a structure that employs an approach that is responsible for the environment besides being efficient in regard to resources all through its life cycle: This is from selecting the site to designing it, constructing, operating, maintaining, renovating and demolishing it. To achieve this, the client, the engineers, the architects and the entire design team closely cooperate at all stages of a project (Yan and Paliniotis, 2006). Practicing Green Building complements and expands the conventional building design areas of comfort, durability, utility and economy.

Despite the fact that novel technologies are continuously under development to complement existing practices in coming up with greener buildings, the universal intent is that such structures are designed to diminish the general effect on the built environment on health of the humans in addition to the natural environment via: Diminishing environmental degradation, pollution and waste, improving productivity of the employee and guarding occupant health, efficient usage of water, energy, in addition to other resources.

A natural building has the same concept to a green building but rather on a smaller scale and leans towards using natural materials that are obtainable locally. Green architecture and sustainable design are closely related topics. Sustainability can be described as fulfilling the needs of current generations devoid of compromising the capacity of generations to come meeting their needs.

Leeds (The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

This is a Green Building Rating System that accelerates and encourages worldwide adoption of green buildings in addition to...

... middle of paper ... as studies have also indicated that it is worth the effort in the long term.

Works Cited

Greer, D. (2004, September-October). Green builders get big help from deconstruction. In Business, 26(5), 20. Retrieved from

Kats, G., Alevantis, L., Berman A., Perlman J., & Mills, E. (2003, October). The Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Buildings: A Report to California’s Sustainable Building Task Force. Retrieved from

Simpson, J.R. (2002, November). Energy and Buildings, Improved Estimates of tree-shade effects on residential energy use. ScienceDirect, 34(10), 1067–1076. Retrieved from

Yan, J. & Plainiotis, S. (2006): Design for Sustainability. Beijing, China: Architecture and Building Press.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains the first rule of thumb during construction is to avoid sprawl building that is, distribution in anarchic fashion. buildings occupy the largest amount of land especially in the united states.
  • Explains that every construction project has its roots in the design and concept stages, which bear the greatest impact on performance and cost.
  • Opines that water conservation and protection are core objectives in sustainable building. the use of greywater and non-sewage on site trims down demands on the local aquifer.
  • Explains that green building aspects are incorporated into the o&m segment of the life of a building.
  • Explains that organizations have developed standards, rating and codes systems that let consumers, building professionals and government regulators accept green construction with confidence. written codes enable local governing bodies adopt them as bylaws toward diminishing local environmental effects of structures.
  • Describes the unique form of the centre for construction excellence, which marries the landscape and the building. the varied and dramatic interior spaces and playful color use in animating the facades provide inspiration especially in green architecture.
  • Recommends that the globe embrace green architecture as studies have indicated that it is worth the effort in the long term. canada has set the pace by doing green buildings like algonquins acce building.
  • Explains that a green building employs an approach that is responsible for the environment besides being efficient in regard to resources all through its life cycle.
  • Explains leed, a third-party program of certification, which encourages worldwide adoption of green buildings and development practices through universally accepted performance criteria and tools.
  • Explains that sustainable development concepts began in the 1970s owing to pollution of the environment concerns and energy (more so fossil oil crisis). green building is a collection of skill, techniques, and practices to decrease and eventually eradicate the impacts of structures
  • Argues that lca helps avoid a tapered outlook on economic, social and environmental concerns by appraising the full scope of impacts connected with every phase of the process.
  • Explains that green buildings use embodied energy to process, extract, install, and transport building materials, as well as operating energy for services like power and heating for equipment.
  • Explains the ieq class in the leed groupings, which aims at diminishing volatilke organic compounds (vocs) among other impurities in air.
  • Explains that green architecture aims to diminish waste of materials, water and energy during construction. deconstruction is an approach to harvest what is generally considered waste and retrieving them as valuable materials for building.
  • Analyzes how the cost of green buildings has come under criticism. the life-cycle cost is pitted against up-front cost knowledge, and higher student or worker productivity is a factor concerning cost and savings deductions.
  • Cites greer, d, alevantis, berman a, perlman j, and mills, e. the costs and financial benefits of green buildings: a report to california’s sustainable building task force.
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