Many commercial property owners are investing in green building design to reduce the harmful environmental impacts buildings can have on cities while also saving energy. Find out how you can make your business’ commercial building more eco-friendly with these green building design ideas!
Sustainable Construction Materials
Use green building materials to construct a sustainable building. A number of factors contribute to the materials’ eco-friendliness. The best sustainable materials hold up well in the climate in which they’re being used, have low embodied energy, are locally sourced, and require little transportation. According to Smart Cities Dive, the most eco-friendly building materials are bamboo, cork, reclaimed or recycled wood, metal, precast concrete slabs and sheep’s wool insulation.
Incorporate energy-efficient lighting into your sustainable building design for less energy use and reduced electricity bills. While LED and CFL lights may cost more upfront, they use less energy and last longer than incandescent lights. Install plenty of windows in your commercial building for an excess of natural light.
Natural ventilation methods, such as solar heating or thermal mass cooling, use passive systems, rather than mechanical, to supply outdoor air to a building’s interior for ventilation and cooling. Natural ventilation allows the outside weather to provide low humidity and moderate temperature wind currents as an alternate heating and cooling source. They provide the most comfortable and energy-efficient environment for employees and other building occupants.
There are plenty of eco-friendly flooring options to choose from today. Cork, bamboo, linoleum, reclaimed hardwood, tile, concrete and carpet are just a few of the plant-friendly flooring materials for your green space. These flooring options will also provide the aesthetic you’re looking for in your sustainable commercial building.
Commercial property owners can make a valuable contribution toward a greener environment by installing eco-friendly roofing. Metal, wood shake, slate tile, recycled content and rubber are some popular roofing materials and systems designed to maximize energy efficiency. Green roofs are another eco-friendly roofing option where the top of a building is partially or completely covered with vegetation planted over a waterproofing membrane.