is a Green Building?
and Space Planning
a Building Green
"green" building places a high priority on health, environmental and
resource conservation performance over its life-cycle. These new
priorities expand and complement the classical building design
concerns: economy, utility, durability, and delight. Green design
emphasizes a number of new environ-mental, resource and occupant
- Reduce human exposure to noxious materials.
- Conserve non-renewable energy and scarce materials.
- Minimize life-cycle ecological impact of energy and materials
- Use renewable energy and materials that are sustainably
- Protect and restore local air, water, soils, flora and
- Support pedestrians, bicycles, mass transit and other
alternatives to fossil-fueled vehicles.
green buildings are high-quality buildings; they last longer, cost
less to operate and maintain, and provide greater occupant
satisfaction than standard developments. Sophisticated buyers and
lessors prefer them, and are often willing to pay a premium for their
surprises many people unfamiliar with this design movement is that
good green buildings often cost little or no more to build than
conventional designs. Commitment to better performance, close teamwork
throughout the design process, openness to new approaches, and
information on how these are best applied are more important than a
large construction budget.