Green Building 101 Episode 1 Introduction to Green Building

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<p>Slide 1</p> <p>The basics in green design andGreen construction</p> <p>Part 1IntroductionGreen Building 101IntroductionIn this series we are going to discuss what green building is and explore some of the general strategies used in this type of construction. This is meant as an introductory course, so there wont be a lot of detail presented. Resources are listed at the end of each episode for those who want more information.Thanks for viewing!</p> <p>Photo courtesy of Daren through a Creative Commons License2What is Green Building?According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Green Building is:the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle from site selection to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.Green building addresses the three Es:Environment protecting and encouraging itEconomy local resourcesEquality social responsibility</p> <p>Photo courtesy of dno1967b through a Creative Commons License3Why Build Green?Green building is becoming the new standard for how buildings are built. For example, California adopted a green building code (CALGreen) in 2010 for all new structures.</p> <p>Photo courtesy of Moyan Brenn through a Creative Commons License. Logo courtesy of ca.gov4Why Build Green?</p> <p>Green building helps reduce greenhouse gas and carbon production, preserves natural resources and habitats, and reduces waste. </p> <p>Photo courtesy of Natesh Ramasamy through a Creative Commons License5Why Build Green?Buildings built sustainably have better indoor air quality. The reduced level of allergens and toxins in the indoor environment helps people feel better and leads to increased productivity and feelings of well-being in work environments.</p> <p>Photos courtesy of John Liu and Alan Clark through a Creative Commons License6Why Build Green?Green buildings are generally more energy efficient than traditional ones (up to 50% or more). This is due to:efficient equipment +better systems design +proper equipment sizing +tightly sealed building =reduced need for heating and cooling</p> <p>Photos courtesy of Philip Shoffner and Andy Melton through a Creative Commons License</p> <p>7Why Build Green?Sustainable materials are comparable in quality to many of their non-sustainable counterparts. Often they are even more durable and/or have other characteristics that make them more desirable. For example, cork is naturally antimicrobial, making it perfect for kitchen and bathroom flooring.</p> <p>Photos courtesy of Shelton Keys Dunning and UTC Library through a Creative Commons License8Why Build Green?Many states and local utilities have programs offering tax credits and rebates for sustainable building components. For example, Oregon has tax credit programs for both commercial and residential buildings. Local utilities in the area offer rebates for energy efficient installations and retrofits.</p> <p>Photo courtesy of Mike Chaput through a Creative Commons License9Why Build Green?</p> <p>Several studies have shown that commercial spaces in green buildings receive higher lease rates and have lower vacancies. </p> <p>Photo courtesy of Heather Clemons through a Creative Commons License10Green StrategiesGreen building strategies can be broken up into six categories: Site CharacteristicsWater EfficiencyEnergy EfficiencyBuilding MaterialsIndoor Air QualityConstruction Procedures</p> <p>11Green StrategiesSite Characteristics: This category deals with issues related to the ground the building is built on and its location; such as the size and shape of the building, which direction it is oriented, connection to public transportation and community, and the amount of disturbance of the natural environment that is caused by the project.</p> <p>Photos courtesy of Jinx! and Mr TinDC through a Creative Commons License12Green StrategiesWater Efficiency: As the name suggests, here we will be looking at ways to make water use more efficient. This includes domestic water use (drinking, cooking, washing, flushing), and irrigation.</p> <p>Photos courtesy of Jerome Pagunsan and Sarah Rifaat through a Creative Commons License</p> <p>13Green StrategiesEnergy Efficiency: This is probably the number one concern of most building owners, as it translates directly into operating costs. Building energy efficiency is affected not only by the systems and appliances inside, but also by the construction of the outside of the building and how well it is sealed and insulated.</p> <p>Photos courtesy of Andy Melton and Jack Amick through a Creative Commons License14Green StrategiesBuilding Materials: Materials selection is very important in determining how sustainable a building is. There are many factors to look at, including:source of the materialchemicals used to make ittransportation of the materialprocesses and materials used to install it.</p> <p>Photos courtesy of Ryan Holst and Incase through a Creative Commons License15Green StrategiesIndoor Air Quality: Selecting materials without added chemicals and using proper material handling techniques can greatly affect the quality of the indoor environment. Using proper ventilation, improved filtration, and environmentally friendly cleaning materials and methods can help to offset any detrimental effects.</p> <p>Photo courtesy of Stephanie Dillingham through a Creative Commons License16Green StrategiesConstruction Procedures: The way a building is constructed can have a great effect on its sustainability. Recycling refuse and demolition waste can lower the environmental footprint, as can using proper construction cleaning procedures. There are also some special building techniques that can reduce the amount of building materials needed.</p> <p>Photo courtesy of through a Creative Commons License</p> <p>17Summary18Green building is environmentally responsible and resource efficient.The six categories of strategies include:1. Site Characteristics2. Water Efficiency3. Energy Efficiency4. Building Materials5. Indoor Air Quality6. Construction ProceduresA short quiz follows so you can test your knowledge.Knowledge MeasurementThanks for your interest in learning about Green Building. If you want to test what youve learned about this subject, try your hand at the five multiple choice questions in the next slides. Resources for additional information are available on slide 29.191. What are the 3 Es concerning green building?Environment, Economy, EqualityEnergy, Efficiency, ExcellenceElectricity, Energy, EnvironmentExcellent quality, Energy efficiency, Economically smart201. AnswerGreen building addresses the three Es:Environment protecting and encouraging itEconomy local resourcesEquality social responsibilitySee slide #3212. How does green building most affect indoor air quality?Improves how well the structure is ventilatedReduces the level of toxins and allergensUses HVAC systems that do not use forced airControls pets and indoor plants222. AnswerB. The reduced level of allergens and toxins in the indoor environment helps people feel better and leads to increased productivity and feelings of well-being in work environments.See slide #6233. What are the biggest factors affecting energy efficiency?Efficient equipmentTightly sealed buildingsProperly-sized equipmentAll of the above243. AnswerD. Green buildings are generally more energy efficient than traditional ones due to efficient equipment, better systems design, proper equipment sizing, and a tightly sealed building.See slide #7254. What are the six categories of green building strategies?Sustainability, Waste Management, Personnel, Design, Green Materials, Construction ExperienceEnvironmental Footprint, Stewardship, Craftsmanship, Design, Experience, PersonnelWaste Management, Methods, Design, Awards, Energy Efficiency, Workforce QualitySite Characteristics, Water Efficiency, Building Materials, Indoor Air Quality, Construction Procedures 264. AnswerD. Six green building six categories include: Site CharacteristicsWater EfficiencyEnergy EfficiencyBuilding MaterialsIndoor Air QualityConstruction ProceduresSee slide #11</p> <p>275. Four key factors in looking at building materials include:Source of material, chemicals used to make it, material transportation, processes &amp; materials used to install itSource, organic, certification, sustainability, expenseCompetitive cost factors, source of materials, how materials were manufactured, chemicals used to make itMaterial durability, installation protocol, cost, USGBC approval 285. AnswerSource of material, chemicals used to make it, material transportation, processes &amp; materials used to install itSee slide #1529Whats Coming UpIn the next episode, we will begin to look at different green building strategies, starting with Site Characteristics.</p> <p>Resources:EPA Site Building Incentives (United States)</p>


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