Green Construction Makes for Resilient Buildings

Cyclone Catarina from the ISS on March 26 2004. Image Source: Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center.

The overwhelming return on investment is easily one of the reasons why building owners shift to green construction. With a green building, building owners stand to save thousands because of water and energyconservation measures, thanks to eco-friendly construction techniques.

The good news is that a recent report by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) is giving building owners another reason to pledge allegiance to green construction. In a collaboration with the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture, the USGBC’s report, the Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions asserts that green buildings are more durable against climate changes and natural wear and tear over time. The higher safety standards imposed on green building make it even more durable, the report says.

According to Craig Fugate, the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, there is a strong call for the development and enforcement of safe and sustainable building codes to protect the lives and property of people, in light of floods, earthquakes, fires, and hurricanes happening across the US.

What is the relevance of green buildings through all these disasters? According to the researchers, the features of green buildings help in riding out long-term climate shifts. Another edge of green buildings is that they generally stay dry during floods. On occasion of high winds, green buildings remain well sealed compared to its counterparts.

However, not all green buildings are resilient in the long-term or short-term. There are certain precautions you have take in order to make sure that your green building will stand strong amid disasters. For one, you have to make sure that the green building complies with the higher safety standards imposed on green building. Next, choose a construction firm that has been in the industry of putting up green buildings for an established period of time.

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