For all “Green-illiterates” (pardon my word usage)- A Green Building is not a green colored building, nor does it look different from any other building, then what is a green building?
A green building is basically distinguished with the approach, which involves the sincere care for the life of natural resources, providing human comfort, safety, as well as productivity. In a green building,
- There would be minimum disturbance to the landscape and site condition.
- Eco-friendly and recycled building materials are used.
- Materials used are non-toxic and recyclable.
- Equipments used are energy efficient and eco-friendly
- Renewable energy is used
Even though the benefits of a green building are infinite, both tangible and intangible, an immediate tangible aspect could be readily observed once the green building starts operating, which is the significant reduction in operating cost and water costs (up to 40% savings !). Another tangible aspect would be the enhanced asset value. Intangible aspects would include increased productivity, health and safety, and much more.