The Importance of Sustainable Building
With climate change on the rise and legislation evolving by the year, now more than ever, the design and creation of sustainable buildings is a key consideration for self-builders and construction companies alike.
Contributing to a greener future and reducing our own ecological footprint won’t only achieve an economically sustainable building for the individuals involved – but will also support the greater movement of stopping climate change. Want to take a step in the right direction? Here’s what individuals and companies can do, within the industry or when undertaking their own sustainable construction, to make a positive impact – no matter how small.
What is sustainable building?
As a part of this effort, throughout a building’s life-cycle (including planning, design, construction and maintenance) environmental and resource-efficient processes are put in place to ensure the end result is as sustainable as possible. Whether this be changes made to existing properties or building from scratch, implementing green and eco-friendly materials and systems where possible greatly influences the impact a building has on the environment – typically for the better. Some characteristics of green buildings and construction factors recognised by LEED, include:
What are the benefits of sustainable building methods?
There are many benefits of creating sustainable a building, both for its surrounding environment and occupants. Whether the end result is a domestic build or a piece of commercial infrastructure, using an eco-friendly approach to construction and beyond can impact and assist in these factors:
Achieving an eco-friendly build
The housing industry is inevitably growing along with the population, contributing to unfortunate global climate change. More now than ever, it is important to mindfully choose building systems and materials to help bring sustainable building forward as a solution.
Achieving a sustainable build, or even optimising an existing property can seem like a large undertaking – but is often more than worth the work. Our experts suggest using a framework in the design and creation process, allowing for sustainable building improvements to be made at every stage of construction. BREEAM’s standards and categories, in particular, can be used as a guide or auditing tool, offering overviews of low-impact design, carbon emissions reduction, design durability and adaptation to climate change.
How to build sustainably
When building from scratch, you can factor a few things into your design to ensure maximum sustainability; whether that be materials, or practices used. Involving these practices will protect the building from increasing energy prices and will provide a long-lasting, efficient home for those living or working within.
M Jarrald knows the importance of sustainable building and how conscious, small decisions can make big impacts on the environment. Using eco-friendly build methods and construction systems is worth looking into and how you can implement them into your home too – existing or new builds!
Want to know how we can assist with your eco-friendly build? Get in touch today and discuss with our friendly team what M Jarrald can do for you.