Globally, buildings are responsible for a huge share of energy, electricity, and water and materials consumption. Green building also known as sustainable building refers to both a structure and the using of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle. The Green Building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.
The common objective of green buildings is 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. Green buildings often include measures to reduce energy consumption. It often emphasizes taking advantage of renewable resources, e.g., using sunlight through passive solar, active solar, and photovoltaic equipment, and using plants and trees through green roofs, rain gardens, and reduction of rainwater run-off. Singapore now takes the lead in green building designs in Asia.
- John Wright, Guest Writer