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Green Building Materials

  • By: David Hosansky
  • In: Green Technology: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney
  • Subject:Environmental Sciences (general), Environmental Technology, Policy & Management

Green building, which emphasizes an environmentally friendly approach to development and construction, relies in large measure on building materials that are associated with low levels of pollution and sustainability. Such materials may incorporate recyclable components, emit low levels of harmful gases, or be harvested or manufactured in a way that has comparatively few environmental side effects.

Green buildings are generally designed, sited, built, maintained, and even demolished with an eye toward minimizing environmental impacts. The main goals are efficiently using energy, water, and other resources; reducing waste and pollution; safeguarding the health of occupants; and, in many cases, improving worker productivity. Green building may use a range of techniques to meet these goals. These may include building designs that minimize the use of lighting and temperature ...

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