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Green building is the science of creating a structure that is energy efficient, resource efficient and environmentally responsible. It is the art of building design that minimizes negative impact on the environment by incorporating efficient application of resources through effective utilization of wind, water, and sunlight.

As efficient resource usage lessens pollution, waste and environmental degradation, Green Building is of primary significance in the fight against climate change.

Reducing the negative effect developed structures have on human health and natural environment, creates a healthier, more productive surrounding, for those who have to function in it.

REDUCING WASTE

When Building Green, a vital element of the construction phase process, is ensuring that the use of energy, water and materials is kept to bare minimum.  

The amount of site waste generated and how it's disposed of, has to also be carefully controlled and monitored. A key design objectives with respect to Green Building is to also factor in solutions that will reduce waste generated by future occupants.

REDUCING ENERGY USAGE

A vastly significant characteristic of Building Green is the inclusion of measures that reduce energy output. Factors that are incorporated include high-efficiency windows as well as insulation in walls, ceilings, and floors. Solar and wind energy technology is used to generate electricity while skilled designers will ensure that canopies, verandas, and trees, are strategically placed to shade windows walls and roofs in summer, while maximizing solar gain in winter. Effective window placing allows for the inflow of natural light, reducing the need for electric lighting. As Solar Water Heating considerably reduces a structures energy  requirements, Thinking Solar, is a significant factor with respect to the planning process.