Green building savings

Buildings constitute a central function in all societies, providing housing, work places, trade centers and living spaces. The use and function of buildings has a direct impact on the health, comfort, safety, economy, and quality of life of citizens. In addition, buildings have a large environmental impact both in terms of the use of resources and the generation of waste and emissions. Buildings account for up to 40% of the energy use in society with equivalent levels of greenhouse gas emissions, 30% of raw materials use and waste generation and 20% of water consumption while the volume of construction activities (new construction as well as refurbishment of existing buildings) is steadily increasing all over the world.
As buildings account for a large part of the annual energy consumption in modern societies, this can have the largest environmental impact of any aspect of the building. This consumption though, does not consider the amount of embodied energy used in the manufacture of the building materials or the finite resources used in product composition.
Sustainable design or building “green” is an opportunity to use our resources efficiently while creating healthier buildings. It provides cost savings through improved human health and productivity, lower cost building operations, and resource efficiency and it moves us closer to a sustainable future.
Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.
Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:

  • Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
  • Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
  • Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation

In the framework of this project, the building in use by the enterprise will be examined from the cost reduction point of view only. Solutions will be proposed and actions will be taken in order for the enterprise to reduce the operational/utility costs deriving from unefficient building performance and operation. During the project the high cost areas and causes of non-residential buildings and their characteristics will be described. Since the nature of these areas is strongly related to the “green” concept, the overall assessment of the building will follow the “green” and sustainable principles.