What is a Built Green?
Built Green Canada is an industry-driven, voluntary program that promotes “green” building practices to reduce the impact building has on the environment.
Built Green is a national organization that works with those interested in responsible sustainability practices within the residential building sector; this includes builders, renovators, product suppliers and manufacturers, service providers and community developers.
What is the definition of a Built Green? The answer, is not really hard to understand.
Sustainable, or "Built Green," design and construction provide an opportunity to use resources more efficiently, while energy efficiency is a fundamental component in these programs, Built Green Canada goes beyond energy efficiency, moving the industry toward a more holistic approach to sustainable building practices, while creating healthier and more energy-efficient homes and the improvement of home durability. Successful built green leave a lighter footprint on the environment through conservation of resources, while at the same time balancing energy-efficient, cost-effective, low-maintenance products for construction needs. In other words, built green design involves finding the delicate balance between homebuilding and a sustainable environment.
Why Built Green?
The built environment has a vast impact on the natural environment, human health, and the economy.
Potential benefits of green building can include:
Enhance and protect biodiversity and ecosystems
Improve air and water quality
Reduce waste streams
Conserve and restore natural resources
Reduce operating costs
Create, expand, and shape markets for green product and services
Improve occupant productivity
Optimize life-cycle economic performance
Enhance occupant comfort and health
Heighten aesthetic qualities
Minimize strain on local infrastructure
Improve overall quality of life
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