If you are building or remodeling your home, you are likely aware that there is one color that stands out these days: green. Green building, green design, and green architecture are variations on the concept of sustainable building. Each aims to reduce the environmental impact of building.
Green Building Goal: Reduce Environmental Impact and Protect Health
Sustainable building is defined as the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle. This practice expands on the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. 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.
Environmental Impact of Building
The environmental impact of buildings is often underestimated. According to the EPA, reducing the amount of natural resources buildings consume and the amount of pollution given off is seen as crucial for future sustainability.
Costs of Sustainable Building
Meanwhile, the perceived costs of sustainable buildings are generally overestimated. A survey conducted by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development found that costs are overestimated by 300 percent. The true average cost difference to build with sustainable building practices is actually only about 5 percent.
Montana Timber Products and Sustainable Building
The costs of certain sustainable building materials are actually lower, especially if you factor in the positive environmental benefits of certain practices. This is the case with our 100% non-toxic Ranchwood, and the building materials crafted at Montana Timber Products. We harvest dead standing trees, which increases forest health, reduces risk of forest fires, preserves old growth forests, increases wildlife habitats, and reduces negative impact on soils and watersheds. We also source locally, reducing transportation and inventory costs, while supporting local economy.