As the reality of Global Climate Change has been increasingly accepted around the world, it’s presumed effects have prompted examinations of how we live out lives. One of the principal changes that have been quick to take hold to cope with the new realities is the emergence of Green Building. This is the application of the adage ‘reduce, re-use, recycle’.
Traditional construction processes generate enormous waste streams, and now many green building services are emerging as a result of a gap in the market. If we move toward employing more environmentally sensitive design and construction techniques and materials, it would have a huge impact on a wide range of areas. Reducing the construction-related solid waste streams that are now routinely buried in landfills and using renewable resource-derived building materials and energy efficient appliances and lighting would result in lowering the carbon footprint of our homes and vacation retreats.
If we value the quality of life we enjoy today, it’s imperative that we examine our old assumptions in many areas and that where it is possible that what we discard is our old notions of the availability of limitless resources that have fostered waste and inefficiency in our lives that we can no longer afford. The quality of life on the planet and what kind of world we pass to future generations may well be at stake.