Role of green buildings to Environmental Efficiency enhancement
The concept of Green Buildings envision a new approach to save water, energy and material resources in the construction, operation and maintenance of the buildings and can reduce or eliminate the adverse impact of buildings on the environment and occupants.
Green building concept rightly coincides with the environmental efficiency index HD/EFpas it concentrates on increase in human development by increasing the comfort level with reduction in ecological foot print.
Salient features of the green building contributing to reduction in ecological foot print are
. Effective use of soil and landscape
. Efficient use of water
. Energy efficient and eco-friendly equipments
. Effective control and building management system
. Use of renewable energy
. Use recycled/recyclable materials
While the salient feature which contributes to human development are
. Improved air and water quality for health and comfort resulting in
. Increased productivity
Unlike a conventional building green buildings intends to achieve operation and maintenance savings, reduction in initial investment while there is strong concern for human comfort, indoor environment and safety.