Green building improves the environment in several ways. The atmosphere has been a topic of discussion a lot recently, since the atmosphere is where all of the carbon dioxide goes, which then translates into global warming. The materials are important, since according to the first law of thermodynamics, energy cannot be created or destroyed, but only changes forms. That means that there is a finite amount of stuff on Earth. Finally, land is important because when humans alter the geography of a physical place, the land is changed and environmental problems (erosion, water pollution and habitat destruction) are very real.
Green buildings are energy-efficient, so they use less electricity. Less electricity used translates into a smaller carbon footprint, which means that less carbon dioxide goes into the atmosphere. When green buildings use green energy, like geothermal, solar or wind technologies, there is no carbon emissions associated with electricity use, so no carbon dioxide goes into the atmosphere at all.
Green buildings are good for the environment because they use materials wisely. Green building materials can be new, such as new bamboo wood floors. New, green building materials are good for the environment because they are renewable. Green building materials can also be used or recycled, like using reclaimed timber. Recycled, green building materials are good for the environment because no energy is needed to create them; they already exist.
Finally, green buildings are good for the environment because they take landscaping into account. Most green buildings landscape the property with plants that are native to their region, so that there is little or no need for irrigation, translating into a lower demand for water. Green buildings also frequently preserve certain parts of the property to remain undeveloped, so that the habitat can remain intact and undisturbed. Green buildings also manage the construction process to make sure that any waterways remain unpolluted with construction by-products.
Seeing the affects of how green buildings improve the environment is very simple once you do a bit of research. After all, the goal of green building is to reduce environmental impact. Green buildings also have benefits that you'll enjoy, like better indoor air quality. Many studies have found that green buildings also lend themselves to a better work environment. Green buildings, which generally include the use of natural day light, big windows and good indoor air circulation, dramatically increase productivity and reduce absenteeism. Green homes have substantial affects on their residences, as well.
EnviroCitizen.org believes that building green makes good sense! It saves money over time and, more importantly, reduces the environmental impact of the building.