Green Building

This page offers information on all things related to “Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to both a structure and the using of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.” Wikipedia

Sustainable BuildingEnergy Conservationand Renewable Energy, are huge aspects of building green and we cover them in more detail on other pages on this site.

Find pictures and links for a ‘Passive House‘, which Wikipedia defines as “a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.” An ‘Active House’ can be so energy efficient it generates more heat and power than it requires while employing design elements that facilitate health, comfort, and sustainability. Wikipedia defines Zero-energy Building and Low-energy Building as “… building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site”. It is great to see such sustainable development goals being achieved through renovations and being adopted into standards for new buildings by many. Rising energy costs, fuel shortages, and an increasing ‘green’ sensibility are resulting in more and more buildings being outfitted to be eco-friendly and cost-efficient.

If we find out about a great way to build or a great product to use for Green Building, we will share it. For instance, we are pretty knocked out with ‘Hempcrete’ or ‘hemplime’ a biocomposite material, made from “a mixture of hemp hurds (shives) and lime, sand, or pozzolans, which is used as a material for construction and insulation. It is marketed under names like Hempcrete, Canobiote, Canosmose, Isochanvre, and IsoHemp. Hempcrete is easier to work with than traditional lime mixes and acts as an insulator and moisture regulator. It lacks the brittleness of concrete and consequently does not need expansion joints. The result is a lightweight insulating material ideal for most climates as it combines insulation and thermal mass.” (Wikipedia)

We also explore Ecovillages which utilize sustainable and natural engineering and design concepts and techniques to benefit the whole community.

The following are miscellaneous links to everything that relates to sustainable building, resources, organizations, jobs, courses, and more.

International Resources

Tree Hugger: Aktivhaus 

Active Houses