The Environmental Impacts of Eco-friendly Construction

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The Environmental Impacts of Eco-friendly Construction A considerable change which has occurred in the late 1990s around the world, is an increased number of regulations to minimize environmental damage. People, also have become more conscious of environmental protection and as a result there is increased demand for green architectural design which consists of eco-friendly construction. Eco friendly construction refers to building with a reduction of energy consumption, waste, pollution and degradation of the environment, to protecting health and efficiently using water resources (Dean 2003). However, a significant problem for environmentalists, architects and urban planners, is how to reduce the effects of climate change by eco-friendly…show more content…
The external shading system is made from basic, cost effective of modular panels. The building also includes: insulated panels (alternative to conventional framing), wall panels and cork flooring from cork oak trees. The wood used throughout the building is also Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified or otherwise they are gathered from, managed forests. The metal sidings and roofing panels are made from recycled steel (recycled locally) with all these elements combined, the building conserves; raw materials, energy and water. The building also physically demonstrates efforts towards restoring the natural habitat of the bay, replenishing fish stocks and reducing pollution. The location and design of the building; was suitable as it was not built in an urban area, hence the damage to the bay that the building may have caused was minimal. There was also minimal amount of interior walls used within the building hence raw materials used in the making of the building were minimized. The environment was made to be energy-efficient and healthy in order to allow users natural ventilation, light and a nice view of the bay. After completion this building was granted the highest rating from the U.S Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (Strongman 2010). Water conservation and water quality management will also be incorporated within the eco-friendly building. For example the toilets will include automatic controls such as flush valves together
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