Green, Renewable Buildings

Green, Renewable Buildings

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With the economical conditions that we as Jamaicans face on a daily basis, it’s always good to find ways to save. It’s not as hard as it seems, we can save financially and also protect/save our environment by living green (environmentally friendly).

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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 sitting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. According to some estimates, buildings account for almost one-half of the world’s material and energy consumption, one-sixth of fresh water use, and a quarter of all wood harvested. As costs for sustainable materials and products drop, building green is really the most cost-effective kind of design and construction. The 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.

When designing green buildings one should consider the following:

How will the building make use of the natural lighting and  natural air ventilation,
What material is to be used in construction and
How will waste be properly disposed of so as to replenish the environment.

A California survey of over 100 stores (all operated by the same retailer) found that sales were 40 percent higher when stores were lighted with skylights instead of electric lighting. Jamaica’s tropical climate makes it ideal for green building, which is applicable to residential as well as commercial structures.

The EPA estimates that indoor air pollution may be 2 to 5 times worse, and sometimes more than 100 times worse, than outdoor air quality. Of 146,400 lung cancer deaths in 1995, 21,100 were related to the radon gas that’s found in many buildings. About 20 million people (and over 6 million children) suffer from asthma, which can be triggered by the indoor pollutants that are often found in non-green buildings.

This will only work with the input of everyone to ensure an environmentally friendly and economically sustainable country. Even if you read no further, this should convince you: Green buildings save money, starting the very first day of construction. This is true for green homes as well as sustainable office buildings, factories, churches, schools and other structures. According to Marc Lallanilla (2013), both residential and commercial buildings retain a high resale value if they include sustainable design components. The value to prospective buyers comes from knowing their utility and maintenance costs will be lower in green buildings that outperform non-green buildings. Occupancy levels are consistently higher, and vacancy rates lower, in sustainable office buildings.


A 2003 study by the California Sustainable Building Task Force shows that an initial green design investment of just two percent will produce savings greater than 10 times the initial investment, based on a very conservative 20-year building lifespan. According to the U.S Green Building society (USGBS), environmental benefits enhance and protect biodiversity and ecosystems, improve air and water quality, reduce waste streams and conserve and restore natural resources. Green building offers better indoor comfort and air-quality control, which lead to lower environmental and health costs associated with air pollution, lessen the risk of sickness, and increase productivity. Research has also confirmed that green buildings have a significant impact on employee productivity, while at the same time lowering ongoing operational costs. The same study also reported that on average, employees reported 2.88 fewer sick days in their current green office versus their previous non-green office. Using an average salary calculation, an office space base of 250 square feet per worker, and a count of 250 workdays per year, the decrease in sick days translated into a net impact of nearly $5.00 per square foot per year. When added to other productivity gains, such as staff output and morale, the net impact grew to $20.00 per square foot per year. This should not just be a thought for saving but a way of life.

Let’s start today for a better tomorrow for our children and our Children’s children

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Comments (36)

  • Re-Anna Pearce Reply

    Keep up the work KB! (y)

    April 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm
  • Damion Campbell Reply

    The Japanese have been doing this… But this take it to another level, putting them (vegetation) on all floors

    April 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    Damion Campbell, literally taking it to a different level, in fact taking vegetation to every level… Imagine this on the Caribbean sea… feel di breeze?

    April 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    Keep Believing Re-Anna Pearce we will, we sure will

    April 23, 2013 at 7:25 pm
  • Adrian Paul Reply

    I have you as a sensible person whats this

    April 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    lol Good night Adrian Paul, I’m nor sure… wanna help us figure it out? 🙂

    April 23, 2013 at 7:39 pm
  • Adrian Paul Reply

    This looks like an art collection

    April 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    Doesn’t it

    April 23, 2013 at 7:52 pm
  • Andrew Blackwood Reply

    Resembles the work of Architect Ken Yeang… thumbs up!!! #green #sustainable

    April 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    Hey Andrew Blackwood Please share some of the work of Ken Yeang for us if you don’t mind

    April 24, 2013 at 9:13 am
  • Camille Francis Reply

    amazing

    April 24, 2013 at 11:14 am
  • Annett Dbest Sam Reply

    Its Beautiful!

    April 24, 2013 at 11:19 am
  • Alexandria Grant Reply

    extremely beautiful

    April 24, 2013 at 11:23 am
  • Ashaney James Reply

    100% renewable energy is the way to go to green economy. We must look at green economy to ensure sustainabilty.

    April 24, 2013 at 1:23 pm
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    So true Ashaney James! So true

    April 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm
  • Kyle Macneil Reply

    We will get there brother time and energy will be spent at no cost to create our dreams!

    April 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm
  • Mon Mckenzie Reply

    Thats the spirit Kyle Macneil…we are at one .keep believing.

    April 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    isn’t it Camille Francis? Beauty!

    April 25, 2013 at 9:13 am
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    Sure is Annett, this should be our goal 🙂

    April 25, 2013 at 9:13 am
  • Yasmine Vanhorne Reply

    A true ting. Mi love nature

    April 25, 2013 at 9:41 am
  • Vanessa Osbourne Reply

    Sign me up. There’s nothing wrong with living in the bush. It certainly beats the heat, noise and pollution of living in a concrete jungle.

    April 25, 2013 at 9:44 am
  • Mon Mckenzie Reply

    I think I have it right….lots of trees, lots of blooming plants attracts lots of chirping birds…[and lizards]..thank God I’m not afraid of lizards.

    April 25, 2013 at 9:50 am
  • Sanjay Blair Reply

    It is always an innovative thing to bring a suburban, Eco friendly structure into the out skirts of nature and by far this structure is a marvel of modern construction.!!

    April 25, 2013 at 10:03 am
  • Shantelee Brown Reply

    I’m all about nature; I want to build my house in a cave…

    April 25, 2013 at 11:08 am
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    Have to KeepBelieving the best days are coming! (Y)

    April 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm
  • Omar Flynn Reply

    for real bro

    April 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm
  • Shawn Mcharvey Reply

    love tree hurt when i haad cut

    April 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm
  • Shawn Mcharvey Reply

    this house is mind blowing, want to make mine

    April 26, 2013 at 7:23 pm
  • Mon Mckenzie Reply

    What a “LIVING BEAUTY”.!!It’s got to be healthier.

    April 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm
  • JA Blogz Reply

    Awesome – more engineers should follow suit!! Please Visit & Like our page as well fro great articles from Jamaica.

    April 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm
  • Taraji Solovon Reply

    I love it. Wowww! I’m in awe.

    April 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm
  • Şæką King Reply

    wow… awesome !!!!

    April 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm
  • Nicholas Fuller Reply

    i like the design

    May 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm
  • Mitya Noelle Gore Reply

    This home is amazing!

    May 24, 2013 at 8:31 pm
  • Petra Heat-Daley Reply

    Sign me up….

    May 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm
  • Trudy Reply

    Really love this idea, Jamaica has so much to offer.

    March 25, 2015 at 12:45 pm

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