Green Building Requires Evaluating the Entire Lifecycle of each Home Building Product
By Mark J. Donovan
||When contemplating a green building project, it is important to fully understand the definition of green building. Green building means more than just using energy efficient operating products and materials. Green building requires the use of products and services that meet several criteria for energy savings and natural resource conservation. The evaluation of the entire lifecycle of a product is required to determine if it is truly a green building product. This includes from the manufacturing of the product, to the shipment of the product, its use, and finally, its disposal.
For a product to be fully classified as a green building product the product should be manufactured from recycled materials.
For example, insulation that is manufactured from recyclable newspapers would meet the first criteria in the definition of being a green building product. Also, products that are manufactured from renewable resources would also meet the first criteria in the definition of green building material.
For example, a dishwasher that uses a third less energy and water compared to the typical dishwasher may qualify as a green product.
Finally, the disposal or recycling of the product needs to be considered in the determination of whether or not a product qualifies as green. A product, for example, that is manufactured with a majority of its components and materials that can be recycled would meet this criterion for green building.
So when contemplating building a green home, make sure you consider the entire life-cycle of each home building product. Only the products that meet all four phases of the product life-cycle truly qualify as green building products.
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