The buildings in which we live, work, and play protect us from nature’s extremes, yet they also affect our health and environment in countless ways. As the environmental impact of buildings becomes more apparent, a new field called green building is gaining momentum.
A sustainable building, or green building is an outcome of a design which focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource use (energy, water, and materials) while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building’s lifecycle, through better sitting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal.
Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by: energy efficiency and renewable energy, water efficiency, environmentally preferable building materials and specifications, waste reduction, toxics reduction, indoor air quality, smart growth and sustainable development.
In their blogs, Norsteel provide some accurate information on this Green Building. As an article entitled New Building Materials Go Green. In this article discussed some of new materials to create a green building. Such as, plastic ductwork systems (sub-slab), self-sealing duct component, whole-house air filtration, ICF roof/deck system, and irrigation controllers.