Some of the ways in which they do this include more efficient processes designed to reduce energy consumption during manufacturing; transporting goods by more efficient means of transportation and taking advantage of new and growing technologies, such as solar energy, to reduce dependence on fossil fuels (and largely on carbon dioxide). Green buildings are known to reduce energy consumption by up to 30-40% and water consumption by up to 50-60%, Banerjee says. An example of this would be the study of the One IndiaBulls Centre in Bombay, an eco-friendly building. You can build a building in an environmentally friendly way, but if the foundations do not have waterproof concrete, leaks can occur, which will entail expensive repairs.
Meanwhile, solar panels help green buildings return energy to the grid, and rooftop plants help reduce rainwater runoff. In fact, by focusing on energy efficiency measures, new buildings typically reduce their energy consumption by up to 25 percent and old buildings by up to 16 percent. Regardless of the level they reach, LEED-certified buildings are widely recognized as buildings that save energy, water and resources, generate less waste and support human health. Green buildings not only reduce negative impacts on the environment, but they also save money on operating costs, especially in the long term.
A green building is a building designed with the health and well-being of its occupants and the environment in mind. Architects and urban planners around the world are looking for sustainably sourced materials and LEED certification for green buildings. Builders and consumers, apparently, do not have a complete understanding of the concept of green buildings. At the microeconomic level, city buildings consume a large part of primary energy and electricity, which is important because the energy production process is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the world.
Green buildings work to curb the effects of climate change through their energy efficiency and their promotion of greater green and sustainable communities. As more occupants seek spaces that are good for both people and the environment, and as pressures to slow and reverse climate change increase, green buildings are here to stay. Green buildings, when located within green communities, can maximize their impact and contribute to an overall social change towards a healthier tomorrow.