The term ‘go green’ has been tossed around for quite a few years now. It has come to represent earth-friendly choices that are supposed to help keep the environment clean. Since air, water, and land need to be preserved, protected and re-generated, green building has become a very important aspect of construction. There is a science to green building and it includes many different techniques that are used to help save money, encourage builders to use better building materials, and focus on harnessing energy while protecting our water and air, and utilizing natural energy.
Important Facts to Remember Concerning the Science of Green Building
* A building envelope needs to be energy efficient to keep moisture damage from occurring in ceiling cavities and inside walls. When there are many air leaks, there is a significant energy loss that is expensive and uses more energy than needed.
* It is important to understand heat. Energy loss is expected once energy is converted frequently from one form into another. This explains why electrical heat has become less efficient than inert solar heat.
* Every part of construction, including the paving, needs to be tailored and planned concerning the environment that a structure is built.
* Being able to control the movement of air, moisture, and heat involves every single part of a building team while constructing any kind of building. All structures are part of a system of building elements that are interrelated.
Build Green Build Better
Builders and contractors all understand that construction of a structure includes careful planning from the very beginning of a project. This includes being able to use the science of building green. The entire construction team must understand how important it is to follow green guidelines for the proper flow of water movement via capillary action, gravity, and diffusion. This includes pavers and how they construct drives, walks and patios that allow the flow of water to seep back into the earth instead of pooling on the pavement. It also includes the use of energy and how it will be used by the structure being built.
Energy Efficient Designs
All kinds of building and construction practices should study heat transmissions. Radiation, convection and conduction are all forms of heat transmission that need to be well thought-out while construction is taking place, and building materials are being selected. Building with energy efficiency in mind gives builders and contractors a better reputation in a world where energy efficiency and going green is fast becoming the mainstream.