The Report is Out and The Results Are In: We Need Green Building
Recently there has been more information surfacing with regard to some global issues that hit close to home. Turns out we're on a path that's going to require everybody to do their part. From how we live day to day to haw we plan for the future, we can all make a significant impact on the health of our planet for generations to come.
It has been a long time in the making, with increases in population as well as technological advancements driving us forward. In the last 100 to 200 years as a population we have made great progress, however it has come at a cost we are just now beginning to realize. So, what comes next? As we have developed we are also becoming more aware and more socially and environmentally aware, and, it couldn't come at a better time.
More and more buildings are being built to standards that promote better efficiencies as well as create a healthier space for their inhabitants, and, that's important not only for productivity in the work place but also creates a happier place to be. This is not only true in commercial buildings but also in private residences as well. More and more homeowners are taking the cue and incorporating energy efficient homes that are setting a new standard for living.
The benefits of Reclaimed and Sustainable wood products go much deeper than the beauty they provide on the surface. These eco-friendly products directly aid in the reduction of virgin timber harvesting and utilize high-quality materials that otherwise end up in landfills across our country. Fortunately, today, going green has never looked so good and with design possibilities that seem to be endless, obtaining just the right look and feel of these products is a click away.
It is estimated that LEED-certified buildings produce 34 percent lower CO2 emissions than traditional buildings, use 25 percent less energy as well as 11 percent less water, and have directly diverted more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills. These are facts that support not only the case for building green but will also support our planet as this trend continues.
Not only is reclaimed wood a great design choice, there are many reasons it is the best environmental choice as well. From promoting healthy forests to reducing the need for landfill space there are many benefits that that go overlooked. Socially we all have a responsibility to do our part, and reclaiming provides a way to re-use materials that without question deserve a second life.
There is a strong trend moving toward creating spaces that promote well being in the workplace. Using natural materials to achieve biophilic design is growing in popularity. Making buildings that are more enjoyed by the people who use them is a major goal and will continue to gain momentum. Not only are these modern buildings more attractive they also provide many environmental benefits as well.
Standard building practices use and waste millions of tons of materials each year; compare that with green building which uses far fewer resources and also minimizes the waste and misuse of materials. LEED certified projects are directly responsible for diverting more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills, and it is projected that by 2030 that number is expected to grow to over 540 million tons in total.
It comes as no surprise that top Architects and Designers are looking for ways to incorporate these green reclaimed products into their designs. It is through these efforts that we will build in a healthy and environmentally sustainable infrastructure for our future. Reclaimed wood is among the best materials that can be used in the fight against climate change by reducing the emissions of greenhouse gas and limiting our need for landfill space.