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Ten Benefits of Sustainable Construction

As sustainable construction continues to focus on the full building life cycle, innovation in materials and technologies will result in groundbreaking changes and even more benefits.
By Anastasios Koutsogiannis
May 22, 2018
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Sustainable construction is attracting more attention lately, but many don’t understand its full potential. Sustainable construction isn’t just about the creation of a building that has a low environmental impact; it is a new approach in the building sector that improves the way people live and build.

As the benefits will become more apparent during the next years, the advantages of green construction fall into three main categories:

  • environmental benefits;
  • financial benefits; and
  • social benefits.

This categorization depicts the multi-aspect contribution of sustainable building and is one of the first solid steps of construction to focus on the full building life cycle, combining utility with insightful resource management.

Here are the 10 essential benefits of sustainable construction.

1. Cost reduction

Construction is a $10 trillion industry but its financial struggles can’t be ignored. With its efficiency and rework rate up to 30 percent, smart and functional alternatives are considered to be more than necessary. Sustainable construction can provide great help in that direction. Overall, a green building costs less than a normal building because fewer resources (e.g. water and energy) are required for the completion of the project. On top of that, sustainable buildings have great ROI, as well. Simply put, the value of the property is significantly increased with sustainable building.

2. Increased productivity

As reported by The Guardian, environmentally friendly workspaces help employees perform better while reducing absenteeism. The better the environment, the easier it is to concentrate and work effectively toward the completion of tasks.

3. Improved health

Green buildings can be beneficial to health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, outdoor air is two to five times less polluted than indoor air. Building and furnishing materials, such as paints, cleaning products and carpets, can be dangerous for human health. The use of sustainable materials can help with the purification of the air.

4. Waste minimization

In Europe, the construction industry is responsible for 34.7 percent of the continent’s total waste. Green buildings minimize waste with their lower environmental impact and use of renewable sources and materials. Products such as demolition debris, sand and burnt coal can be used with excellent environmental and aesthetic results.

5. Better use of materials

Sustainable buildings manage water in a more effective and environmentally friendly manner. Sustainable buildings can be equipped with systems that recycle water, such as collecting rainwater for toilet cleaning. Sustainable buildings can collect and preserve natural energy, such as solar or wind energy, storing it and reusing it accordingly.

6. Environmental Protection

Recycled materials used during the construction process are contributing significantly to the protection of the environment and to the reduction of waste. Moreover, sustainable construction takes into serious consideration a number of critical elements. The installation of well-insulated windows, ceilings and walls can ensure that no energy is going to waste. Additionally, the use of solar heaters, insulated air-conditioning pipes and photovoltaic panels can make buildings more energy efficient and less harmful to the environment.

7. Noise avoidance

Noise can have a significant effect on a person’s well-being. Sustainable construction put extra attention to noise avoidance in the following ways:

  • distance augmentation between the source of the noise and the subject;
  • planting of more trees close to the noise source in an effort to absorb it; and
  • creating noise barriers (between a building and a highway for example).

8. Better quality of life

Sustainable construction has a plethora of benefits in every stage of a construction project. Improved health due to safer materials, increased productivity thanks to better surroundings and more effective noise protection are only a few of the advantages. Green buildings can improve life quality.

9. A new market is emerging

The advent of sustainable building has helped the market evolve and unlock new possibilities.

10. Room for experimentation

Sustainable construction can be an excellent opportunity for creative experimentation in the industry. New materials are being used and as a result, more innovative techniques are being developed and implemented, such as the ski slope opening on a new power plant in Copenhagen.

Sustainable construction is developing day by day and opportunities are opening up for the industry. Keeping an open mind and a well-functioning plan can result in further groundbreaking changes.

by Anastasios Koutsogiannis
Anastasios Koutsogiannis is Content Marketing Manager at LetsBuild, the end-to-end digital platform for the construction phase.

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