What Defines a Sustainable Building?
A sustainable building is a structure that efficiently uses natural resources and produces little to no carbon emissions. Creating a sustainable building starts at the planning phase, as these structures require a different budget plan and design philosophy.
Sustainable buildings, or green buildings, are a great way to reduce environmental pollution, reduce the amount of overall building maintenance, and minimize the costs of operating the facility.
How is a Sustainable Building Different Than a Regular Structure?
Traditional building structures have little regard for the environment. They waste natural resources and produce a significant amount of pollution. A sustainable building, on the other hand, has minimal impact on the environment. These buildings are deemed sustainable due to their non-existent carbon emissions and ability to generate solar electricity.
Sustainable buildings do not just provide benefits for the environment. They can also drastically reduce costs for home and building owners. The benefits of a sustainable building for property owners include:
- Lower electricity costs.
- Better air quality.
- Better insulation and thermal bridging.
- An effective vapor barrier and moisture control.
What Are the First Steps for Designing a Sustainable Building?
Building a sustainable building is an all-encompassing project. These buildings need to reduce the number of resources consumed and produce natural energy. The first step is ensuring the building envelope is tight and fully restored. Air leaks and heat losses due to building crevices are leading contributors to wasted energy.
At Westerly Alberta, we can restore and repair any building envelope. We start with a comprehensive assessment and then describe all the potential work needed. Our team of experts can handle anything from cladding and caulking to structural repair and water ingress damage.
Westerly Restoration of Alberta, provides building envelope integrity inspections and restoration in Calgary, High River, Okotoks, Airdrie, Canmore, Banff, and surrounding areas. If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about building envelopes or restoration, please call us at (403) 818-6423 or use the convenient form on our Contact page.