February 24, 2010
Sustainability Design: Contributing to Sustainable Design with Solid Surfaces & Engineered Quartz Surfaces
I. Describe the impact of buildings on theenvironment and who the key motivators and influencers, and drivers are.
In North America, buildings are responsible for 35% of all Greenhouse Gasemissions; with respect to achieving climatechange goals, they are the ‘lowest hanging fruit' but so far only 4%of North America's buildings are considered ‘sustainable'.
The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment,economy, health and productivity.
Consumption of Natural Resources: energy, water, land, materials.
Environmental loadings:emissions, waste, sewage, impact to bio-diversity, traffic impact.Environmental risks:site selection, materials, refrigerants.
Health of users:indoor air quality, comfort (thermal, acoustical, etc.).
Motivation & Drivers
The Sustainability Train:“Better for the world” and“better/safer/cheaper for me” are meeting in the middle, as consumers start to see the direct impact of unsustainable behavior in their lives.
Consumers are becoming more educated aboutenvironmental options and green residential construction; there is a growing awareness by the consumer of needs for green home products and practices. Public awareness of environmental issues areincreasing demand for environmentally-friendly products and services. Regulators are increasing incentives for green development and restricting conventional development efforts.
II. Discuss themeaning of “Green” and why it is so relevant to today’s buildings.
The goal of sustainable or green design is to create high-performance buildings. Reducing building impacts on human health and theenvironment through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal –the complete building lifecycle.
Benefits of Green Building