Green Architecture in Corona

Santiago High School Architecture Program

Definition of Green Building

Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Green building is also known as a sustainable or high performance building.

Impacts of the built environment

Aspects of Built Environment

Siting

Design

Construction

Operation

Maintenance

Renovation

Deconstruction

Consumption

Energy

Water

Materials

Natural Resources

Environmental Effects

Waste

Air pollution

Water pollution

Indoor pollution

Heat islands

Storm water runoff

Noise

Ultimate Effects

Harm to Human Health

Environment Degradation

Loss of Resources

Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:

 

           • Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources

           • Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity

           • Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation

 

For example, green buildings may incorporate sustainable materials in their construction (e.g., reused, recycled-content, or made from renewable resources); create healthy indoor environments with minimal pollutants (e.g., reduced product emissions); and/or feature landscaping that reduces water usage (e.g., by using native plants that survive without extra watering).

 

Source: US Environmental Protection Agency

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