Day 29. - Teardowns and Re-building Green...Before you Build!
No matter how large or small the project, build it to be as efficient as possible and tear it down with parts intact.
A green building, also known as a sustainable building, is a structure that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in
an ecological and resource-efficient manner. All building projects that involve tearing down, no matter the size, should first consider saving as much building materials for re-use in the new project or be saved for re-use by others or for recycling into
Relatively recently the idea of actually building a commercial or residential structure to be constructed for using less energy and/or having zero emissions has come to light. All future construction projects, whether considered large or small, will include the greenest building technologies that are available at the time. These buildings should also
consider adaptations that allow retrofitting buildings to accommodate future technological advances that are promising & expected.
Planning the project to re-use recycled building materials and to use local materials and local manufacturers whenever possible will be the norm. Even if the cost is slightly higher to build, the longer-term evergy savings will compensate and the eco-cost savings, although difficult to assess, may be impossible to match.
All new building construction should consider:
Using recycled materials whenever possible
Regional location & physical layout
Energy Efficient Windows & Appliances
Energy Efficient heating/cooling
Possessing renewable energy sources
Water efficient sinks/faucets & toilets