Sustainable Building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient. Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment.
There are several aspects to this objective, including:
- Reducing environmental impact
- Protecting occupant health
- Efficient use of resources
- Reducing waste and pollution
- Use of natural materials
- Using local resources, to reduce transportation impacts and support local economy
Overview of Sustainable Building Practices
Green building brings together a range of practices and techniques to reduce the impacts of new and remodeled buildings on the environment and human health. It often emphasizes taking advantage of renewable resources, such as using sunlight through solar and photovoltaic techniques and using plants and trees through green roofs, rain gardens, and for reduction of rainwater run-off. Many other techniques, such as using packed gravel or permeable concrete instead of conventional concrete or asphalt to enhance replenishment of ground water, are used as well.
Overview of Sustainable Building Materials
Each year, building and construction activities worldwide consume 3 billion tons of raw materials, impacting the environment through extraction, transport, processing, fabrication, waste, disposal, and pollution. Sustainable building materials, on the other hand, are renewable and reduce environmental impact. Specific benefits include: reduced maintenance/replacement costs over the life of the building, energy conservation, improved occupant health, and greater design flexibility.
Our Dedication to Green Building at Montana Timber Products.
At Montana Timber Products, we work with…you guessed it: Timber! We don’t make solar panels or harness wind. We provide sustainable building materials that have been harvested and crafted using sustainable practices. Our renewable, responsible timber products meet each of the green building objectives listed above.
For more information on the details of how our products are renewable and responsible, check out our Ranchwood page. It explains how our products are renewable and beneficial to the environment, while preserving history, as well as 100% natural, safe, and non-toxic.