Conventional Buildings refers to buildings that were built during the period of rapid global industrialization and capitalization. These mass housing (no matter where they are built in the world) are often built to resemble US Suburban utopia of the 50’s.

Buildings copied without proper local integration has led to houses that rely heavily on air conditioning. These houses can be uncomfortable and detrimental to the occupant’s well being. This rapid building spree has also created the problem of suburban sprawl and heat islands around the world.

Typical suburban sprawl
Typical suburban sprawl

Contrary to popular belief, a green building does not cost any more than a conventional building. It is not about planting grass on your roof, it is not about solar panels, nor is it about building with recycled trash. A Green building is not one particular building style. It is every building and it works for every home owner, every business, every housing developer and every city planner.

Green Building is an evolving goal and can mean a lot of different things. It is about being sustainable, it is about being energy efficient, it is about being environmentally friendly, it is about being socially responsible, it is about living healthy and can be so much more depending on the occupant and the intended use.

Every green building is different, just like every country, region, land and community is different. Building a green building is about creating the best possible building that works for you, the family, community and the environment. Factors like climate, weather, surrounding context and user health should be forces guiding the building design.

A sustainable building is one that improves occupant’s health and performance, minimize energy and material consumption.

A green building looks exactly like a normal building but behaves differently
A green building looks exactly like a normal building but behaves differently

Creating Green buildings call for proper design and planning for all stages of a buildings life. Best practices and the latest methods from around the world can be adapted to suite the local context. Experts are also re-examining how local cities and buildings were historically built for clues to a greener future. More green product and services for green buildings are also becoming available due to increased demand in the market.

As more people become aware for the need to go green, buildings that are built with green in mind will become more desirable. With global forces like The European Union, Elon Musk and Chinese Government actively pushing towards a green economy, the change will happen quickly. Therefore, for your next building project, it would be wise to invest in a green building that will perform much better going into the future.