What is Green Building?

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Sustainable Green Building is a concept that has gained popularity at a global level in the past few years. This is due to the fact that for a green building, starting from its construction it is ensured that waste is minimized at every level. The materials used are not only of superior quality but also eco-friendly. According to the experts, this not only minimized our carbon footprint but also results in lower costs in the long run. Hence, we can say that a green building is constructed in such a way that they reduce their overall impact on natural environment and as a result on the human health by:

1. Using the energy, water and other resources judiciously and efficiently.

2. Protecting the environment and improving human health conditions.

3. Effectively minimizing the waste production, pollution and environment deterioration. 

4. Using natural resources like natural light wherever possible to effectively manage the use of energy.

In order to achieve the minimum energy consumption level, following features are incorporated in a green building which makes them earth friendly:

1) The walls are designed to keep out the moisture and humidity in the outside air which makes the building naturally cooler. This reduces the use of air conditioners.

2) Low Solar Gain. Solar gain is the increase in temperature resulted from the solar radiation. With low solar gains, the building remains much cooler which again reduces the need for air-conditioners. 

3) Using water efficient faucets ensures that less amount of water is utilized to perform the same function as compared to their traditional counterparts. 

4) Rainwater Harvesting systems are installed to catch the natural rain water to cater to the building’s water needs.

5) Wastewater treatment plants for minimizing the waste water expulsion from the building and effective water management with water recycling.

6) Installing hydroponics system to increase the green belt while reusing the water through utilizing treated greywater.

7) Creating waste management plants on the site such as compost pits to utilize the building’s biodegradable waste for fertilizers. 

8) Installing clean energy sources such as solar panels, solar water heaters etc for electrification. 

The green building concept has a vast benefit cover can be effectively employed for various sites, some of which are: 

1. Residential buildings

2. Office Complexes 

3. Institutional buildings such as schools, colleges etc 

4. Retail buildings 

5. Hotels 

6. Hospitals 

7. Government Buildings 

The concept of green building, however new, aims at using natural building materials during not only construction, but also adopts other methods, such as rainwater harvesting for its water needs, solar energy for the electrification, waste management, etc. Hence making the making green building self sufficient when it comes to the energy requirement. The efficient usage of natural resources and their further recycling ensures sustainability in the long run. 

Why do you need Green building?

With the ever increasing pressure on our environment, becoming eco friendly is need of the hour. Green building is a concept that helps reduce damage on the ecosystem. The idea is to use natural building materials not only during construction, but also adopting other environment friendly methods, such as rainwater harvesting for its water needs, solar energy for the electrification, waste management etc. This makes the building self sufficient with lower carbon footprint at every stage.

How Sanicon does it?

Sanicon Sustainability Solutions aims at making constructions more sustainable and less damaging to the environment. To make a building green, we construct the building in such a way that the moisture and humidity is kept out which decreases the need for an air conditioner. Another addition is a waste water treatment plant. This plant treats runoff water and makes if non toxic, this  treated water can be further utilised at non-potable sources such as for a hydroponics system. The water treatment plant can be camouflaged into landscapes that beautify the surroundings. These are known as Landscape waste water treatments. Along with these systems, efficient garbage disposal concepts called passive Sewage Treatment Plant are added. How you can make your building green? Ask Sanicon 


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What is the potential of a green building?
A green building has all the potential to: Create and provide a healthier and more comfortable environment for the occupan Enhance the long-term economic performance Incorporate energy and water efficient technologies for more a more eco-friendly structure Reduce construction and demolition waste from a building Include renewable energy technologies for a sustainable tomorrow Improve indoor air quality and occupant health be easier to maintain and built to last than traditional buildings
Why should I care about green building?
We spend a lot of time indoors and often the indoor air quality is very poor for traditional homes due to the toxic construction materials used. Green buildings have lower toxins in the air and water and are sited, designed, constructed and operated to enhance the wellbeing of not only occupants, but also to minimize negative impacts on the community and natural environment.
Is it possible to convert an existing building or home into green building?
It is very much possible to convert an existing building into a green building by adding designs and techniques such as rainwater harvesting, solar panels, hydroponics, sewage treatment plant etc.
When should I start to consider Green Building concept?
Green Building concept can be adapted during the construction of a building as not only does that prove to be cost friendly. But the required changes can also be carried out at later stages in order to convert a building into green building.
What is indoor air quality in a green building?
The importance and need for green building is increasing exponentially as our health is affected. Respiratory problems such as Asthma are caused by the harmful toxic chemicals found in most common building materials. Indoor air quality in green buildings is much better as there are no combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products, building materials and furnishings such as deteriorated, asbestos-containing insulation.
Do green buildings cost more than traditional buildings?
The answer is no, if planned correctly and efficiently, Green Buildings can be affordable to construct and even more affordable to operate and run in the long run.

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