Green Room Additions
What is a Green Build?
Sustainable, or “Green Build” design and construction provides an opportunity to use resources more efficiently, while creating healthier and more energy-efficient sunrooms and patio rooms. A successful Green Sunroom leaves a lighter footprint on the environment through conservation of resources, while at the same time balancing energy-efficient, cost-effective, low-maintenance room additions. In other words, Green Build design involves finding the delicate balance between construction/installation and a sustainable environment.
Green Build design is not merely the use of energy-efficient materials and glass. It also involves the creation of products and systems that leave a light footprint on the environment over the full life-cycle – from production to transportation, installation, use and renewal. As such, sustainable Green design should be thought of as a process, not just a goal – allowing for a broader evaluation of the environmental, economical and societal impacts of products as single units and as part of their environment.
What Makes a Building a Green Sunroom or Patio Room Structure?
A building constructed with a Green Build approach is a structure that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner.
A Green Build structure is designed to meet certain key objectives such as:
- Protecting occupant health
- Improving employee productivity
- Using energy, water, and other resources more efficiently
- Reducing the overall impact on the environment
What Are the Economic Benefits of a Green Build?
A Green Sunrooms and Patiorooms saves through lower operating costs over the life of the building and raise property value. The “Green Build” approach applies a project life cycle cost analysis for determining the appropriate up-front expenditure. This analytical method calculates costs over the useful life of the asset.
These and other cost-savings can only be fully realized when they are incorporated at the project’s conceptual design phase with the assistance of an integrated team of professionals. The integrated systems approach ensures that the building is designed as one system rather than a collection of stand-alone systems.
What Are the Elements of a Green Sunroom or Patio Room?
Below is a sampling of Green Build practices.
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- Start by selecting a site well suited to take advantage of mass transit
- Protect and retain existing landscaping and natural features
- Select plants that have low water and pesticide needs, and generate minimum plant trimmings
- Use recycled content paving materials, furnishings, and mulches to help close the recycling loop
- Passive design strategies can dramatically affect building energy performance. These measures include building shape and orientation, passive solar design, and the use of natural lighting.
- Develop strategies to provide natural lighting
- Install high-efficiency lighting systems with advanced lighting controls
- Include motion sensors tied to dimmable lighting controls
- Use a properly sized and energy-efficient heat/cooling system in conjunction with a thermally efficient building shell
- Maximize light colors for roofing and wall finish materials; install high R-value wall and ceiling insulation; and use minimal glass on east and west exposures
- Minimize the electric loads from lighting, equipment, and appliances
- Consider alternative energy sources such as photovoltaic and fuel cells that are now available in new products and applications. Renewable energy sources provide a great symbol of emerging technologies for the future.
- Computer modeling is an extremely useful tool in optimizing design of electrical and mechanical systems and the building shell
- Select sustainable construction materials and products by evaluating several characteristics, such as reused and recycled-content; zero or low off-gassing of harmful air emissions; zero or low toxicity; sustainable harvested materials; high recyclability; durability; longevity; and local production
- Use dimensional planning and other material efficiency strategies. These strategies reduce the amount of building materials needed and cut construction costs.
- Reuse and recycle construction and demolition materials
- Require plans for managing materials through deconstruction, demolition, and construction
- Design with adequate space to facilitate recycling collection and to incorporate a solid waste management program that prevents waste generation
Occupant Health and Safety while adding a sunroom or patio room
- Recent studies reveal that buildings with good overall environmental quality can reduce the rate of respiratory disease, allergy, asthma, sick building symptoms, and enhance worker performance.
- Choose construction materials and interior finish products with zero or low emissions to improve indoor air quality. Many building materials and cleaning/maintenance products emit toxic gases, such as volatile organic compounds (VOC) and formaldehyde. These gases can have a detrimental impact on occupants’ health and productivity.
- Provide adequate ventilation and a high-efficiency, in-duct filtration system. Heating and cooling systems that ensure adequate ventilation and proper filtration can have a dramatic and positive impact on indoor air quality.
- Prevent indoor microbial contamination through selection of materials resistant to microbial growth, provide effective drainage from the roof and surrounding landscape, install adequate ventilation in bathrooms, allow proper drainage of air-conditioning coils, and design other building systems to control humidity.
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