With focus on protecting the environment at a high, construction companies are now looking at ways that they can be eco-friendly, while still being able to make a profit. Light Supplier finds out more…
One increasingly popular way to improve environmental credentials is through the creation of sustainable design builds, also known as ‘Green Buildings’. These buildings are designed to be environmentally-friendly, as well as resource efficient; reducing unnecessary waste of energy, gas and water.
Green Building should not be seen as a new trend in the construction industry, it is now an essential part of protecting our environment, and something that all future builds should take into consideration.
These builds rely on using natural resources that we have available and ensuring they are reusable, recyclable and able to withstand climate changes. With a rising demand for green buildings, many construction companies are now offering this service.
Construction is one of the biggest industries in the world, and has the potential to make a huge difference on protecting the environment.
The designers and builders working on a green build plan are responsible for ensuring they have as little impact on the environment as possible. They do this by making use of natural resources, such as using natural sunlight as a source for light or building heat in the building, reducing rainwater run off to re-use, and even ensuring the location has good transport links to avoid excess emissions from cars.
They will ensure that they use as many natural materials as possible in order to keep wastage at a minimum, even though they may occasionally have to source some synthetic materials from environmentally-friendly companies. As environmental planning is taken into consideration in these builds, natural resources are conserved, helping to protect biodiversity and ecosystems.
Businesses that are looking to invest in or rent out space in a green build will benefit from a healthy environment. Traditional air conditioning systems will be replaced by clean and fresh ventilation systems that use real outdoor air, which will be recycled throughout the building. This prevents common issues such illness, breathing problems and overheating, resulting in a happier environment for occupants to work in.
Operating costs are an advantage of a green build: they will be highly reduced as result of reduction of energy, saving a lot of money for occupants. A building that has an eco-footprint will also have a higher market value than other builds; it has been noted that UK commercial builds with an environmental certificate can sell for 38% more than a non-sustainable building.
There are many benefits of going green for both the construction companies and occupants. With a rising demand for green buildings, the construction industry is set to get even bigger.
With further easing of lockdown restrictions on 17 May, pubs, restaurants, gyms, offices and other businesses should prepare for reopening by checking and improving their ventilation, says Vent-Axia.Posted in Air Conditioning, Articles, Building Industry News, Building Services, Facility Management & Building Services, Health & Safety, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - HVAC, Interiors, news, Posts, Research & Materials Testing
Leading national housebuilder Barratt Developments PLC is celebrating the completion of its 500,000th home, with the launch of a new digital tool which takes a nostalgic look back through the past 60 years.Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Services, Facility Management & Building Services, Information Technology, Innovations & New Products
Leading manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems has successfully delivered the full aluminium fenestration packages to two new contracts in Sheffield.Posted in Aluminium Products, Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Systems, Case Studies, Curtain Walling, Doors, Facades, Glazing, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Walls, Windows
A new school and centre of excellence for special educational needs in Chester’s historic Abbey Square features Selectaglaze secondary glazing. This is part of the refurbishment of two Grade II* Listed Georgian buildings.Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Services, Building Systems, Case Studies, Glass, Glazing, Lighting, Posts, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Windows