Today’s technologies being harnessed by energy green builders are directly influencing the environmental sustainability of many of the building projects that are being undertaken across the world. The skills and technologies that are being employed have enormous potential for addressing some of the most pressing environmental challenges facing the globe. These include global warming, fueled by ever-increasing amounts of greenhouse gas being vented into the atmosphere, the use of enormous amounts of fossil and non-renewable fuels, and the general damage to soil and water that is often the result of non-sustainable building projects.
However, the impact of energy green builders’ activities goes further than their positive effects on natural ecosystems. The positive results can be felt on a social level (access to clean water, for instance), economic (job creation, less environmental degradation, and limits on unsustainable use of natural resources) are becoming increasingly important when factored into the positive effects of these building practices.
The statistics related to these practices give an insight into the absolute necessity of this sort of approach to building projects.
For instance, according to a United Nations report, the building industry can save approximately 84 Gigatons’ of CO2 by 2050 by using energy-efficient building methods, optimizing a building’s energy efficiency, and installing renewable energy technologies. Many of the initiatives are already a reality. The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) cites 40 – 50% savings in energy use and water savings of between 20 – 30% by using Green building methods rather than legacy approaches. Green Star certified buildings in South Africa show a reduction of between 30 – 40% of energy and carbon emissions every year – and saving of between 20 – 30% in the use of potable water per annum.
It is increasingly clear that energy green builders play an essential part in improving the lives of communities across the globe – and reducing the environmental impact of building projects. Such initiatives have now become crucial to the sustainable future of the planet.