5 key benefits of green buildings on the environment and your lifestyle

The importance of buildings in society and everyday human life can’t be underestimated. They are the center of just about everything we do — from work to play — and for most people living without them is unimaginable. However, traditional structures are damaging the environment and green buildings just might be one of the most powerful tools we can develop in the fight against climate change.

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What are green buildings?

There is no specific standard for green buildings, but some of the features are energy efficiency, less water usage, better indoor air quality, improved acoustics and green roof systems.

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Green buildings save money

The initial construction costs for a green building might be a bit higher, but they are cheaper to operate and maintain, which ultimately makes them a good long term investment.

Extensive environmental benefits

This is the most expected benefit of green buildings, but that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. The reduced energy consumption, water conservation, lower emissions and reduced waste from green buildings is invaluable to the fight against climate change.

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Physical and mental health

At first, the green building concept was all about reducing environmental impact. But now, studies have shown that working in a green building is good for both physical and mental health, and this has led to many building developers adding space for health and wellness activities.

Increased productivity

A UCLA study showed that employees who work in green buildings were 16 percent more productive than those who work in traditional buildings.

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Happy employees

Engineering consulting firm Cundall found during a survey that green elements like eco-friendly flooring, green views, improved acoustics and better air quality led to the attraction of more workers, improved employee retention and also made employees prouder of their workplace.

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