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 siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages. The Green Building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.
Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common 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
A similar concept is natural building, which is usually on a smaller scale and tends to focus on the use of natural materials that are available locally. Other related topics include sustainable design and green architecture. Sustainability may be defined as meeting the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Green building does not specifically address the issue of the retrofitting existing homes.
A 2009 report by the U.S. General Services Administration found 12 sustainably designed buildings cost less to operate and have excellent energy performance. In addition, occupants were more satisfied with the overall building than those in typical commercial buildings.
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... first wife was Darlein Dietz and they had two children, Urban Clifford Green and James Preston Green ... Urban has a daughter, Gretchen Alexandra Pöelker-Green, and lives in Sea Cliff, Long Island ... Urbie Green still plays live at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) Festival every September, just miles down the road from his home ...
... There were 2,197 households out of which 39.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.8% were non-families. 17.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older ...
1953 New Faces, New Sounds (Blue Note) 1954 Urbie Green Septet (Blue Note) 1955 Blues and Other Shades of Green (Blue Note) 1955 The Melodic Tones of Urbie Green (Bethlehem) 1955 East Coast Jazz, Volume 6 (Bethlehem ... Command) 21 ... Trombones (Project 3) 21 ... Trombones Volume 2 (Project 3) 1971 Green Power (Project 3) 1972 Bein' Green (Project 3) 1973 Old Time Modern (RCA) (recorded in 1954) 1974 Urbie Green's ...
... Urban Clifford "Urbie" Green (born August 8, 1926) is an American jazz trombonist who toured with Woody Herman, Gene Krupa, Jan Savitt, and Frankie Carle ... Green's trombone sound is especially noted for its warm, mellow tone, even in the higher registers where he is more fluent than most trombonists ...
... In 1947, Green joined Gene Krupa's band and quickly moved up to Woody Herman's third "Thundering Herd" Big Band in 1950 to play with his brother, Jack ... most notable recordings, such as the two-volume sets The Persuasive Trombone of Urbie Green and 21 Trombones ... In the 1970s Green began making innovations with his instrument ...
Famous quotes containing the words building and/or green:
“Whoever places his trust into a system will soon be without a home. While you are building your third story, the two lower ones have already been dismantled.”
—Franz Grillparzer (17911872)
“Just across the Green from the post office is the county jail, seldom occupied except by some backwoodsman who has been intemperate; the courthouse is under the same roof. The dog warden usually basks in the sunlight near the harness store or the post office, his golden badge polished bright.”
—Administration for the State of Con, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)