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Do You Want to Build “Green”?
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 • Posted September 9, 2008 10:00 PM

The buildings in which we live, work, and play protect us from Nature's extremes, yet they also affect our health and environment in countless ways. The design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal of buildings takes enormous amounts of energy, water, and materials, and generates large quantities of waste, air and water pollution, as well as creating stormwater runoff and heat islands. Buildings also develop their own indoor environments, which present an array of health challenges. Where and how they are built affects wildlife habitat and corridors and the hydrologic cycle, while influencing the overall quality of human life.

As the environmental impact of buildings becomes more apparent, a new field called green building is gaining momentum. Green or sustainable building is the practice of creating healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition. Research and experience increasingly demonstrate that when buildings are designed and operated with their lifecycle impacts in mind, they can provide great environmental, economic, and social benefits.

Why Build Green? The built environment has a vast impact on the environment, human health, and the economy. By adopting green building strategies, we can maximize both economic and environmental performance. Green construction methods can be integrated into buildings at any stage, from design and construction, to renovation and deconstruction. However, the most significant benefits can be obtained if the design and construction team takes an integrated approach from the earliest stages of a building project. Potential benefits of green building can include:

Environmental benefits: 1) Improve air and water quality. 2) Reduce waste streams. 3) Conserve and restore natural resources.

Economic benefits: 1) Reduce operating costs. 2) Improve occupant productivity. 3) Optimize life-cycle economic performance.

Social benefits: 1) Enhance occupant comfort and health. 2) Minimize strain on local infrastructure. 3) Improve overall quality of life.

If you have questions regarding this information see: State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) website in conjunction with Texas Energy Partnership Solutions. http://www.seco.cpa.state.tx.us/TEP_Production/h/index.asp

For additional Info or Services contact Debbie at (830) 833-4249 or dhomeier@moment.net (If you want to read more about GREEN Building, drop us a note or call us).

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