Designing a building with sustainable energy sources is a necessity in today’s world. While the initial cost of construction may be higher when it comes to its price than traditional building methods, the long-term advantages, benefits, and cost savings of building a modernly efficient and green facility far outweigh any short-term cost. Designing a building that adheres to a BESS is highly beneficial to those individuals who will live or work in the building as well as to the environment that surrounds the facility.
Many different processes go into the design, implementation, and construction of a new sustainable building. These processes must incorporate green technology and green building techniques. First, the site of the building must be taken into account to create the most efficient design for that area.
The position of the sun and the surrounding building must be considered in detail to achieve the maximum natural light. Natural lighting is a good way to keep workers feeling awake and refreshed. Furthermore, the design must also take into account where shading comes from to keep the building itself well lit, but keep air conditioning costs down. High-value insulation should be used on the walls and ceilings to keep the natural heat or air conditioning in, lessening the frequency of running the building’s HVAC system and saving money in energy costs.
One of the up and coming green design techniques is the roof garden. On particularly tall buildings or building that are in densely populated areas, the roof garden allows for a natural environment in a city setting.
Roof gardens allow for a longer lifespan of the roof and are an excellent way to catch excess water runoff. The extra water can be used to fill toilets or power the sprinkler system inside the building. Other rooftop additions include solar panels and wind turbines to generate electricity that can not only power the entire facility but many blocks of the community as well.
The materials to use during construction can determine whether the building will meet BESS guidelines. Using recycled materials will help you cut down on construction costs as well as assist the environment. Another great way to help the environment is by using materials that are manufactured in our local area to eliminate the transportation costs and use of resources that they require to deliver.
The key to constructing a green building is to contact sustainable home design assessment experts to come and check if your proposed design is sustainable. To make sure that your design is sustainable, you need to address issues of materials to use (must be green), the use of maximum natural lighting, use of green energy like solar panels, waste management strategy, water conservation among others. Once you address such issues, you can rest assured that your design is sustainable and the experts will award you the permit to go on with the new construction or renovation.