What is a Green Building?

A construction that provides healthier living and working conditions with lesser environmental footprint compared to conventional constructions.

 

The ultimate goal of green buildings is to reduce pollution and health hazards, optimize resources use including energy and incorporate the maximum amount of recycled materials.

 

 

Why should I care about Green Buildings?

Green concepts can achieve the following:

 

- Increase return on investment. Up-front investments in green designs and technology can yield financial paybacks over the life of the building in the form of lower energy bills and reduced operating and maintenance costs.

 

- Increase sales and leasing potential of building: Green building features can help the facility sell more quickly and at an enhanced rate per square meter than conventional constructions.

 

- Boost occupant health and productivity. We spend 90% of our lives inside buildings and current research points more and more to bad Indoor Air Quality as a primary source of fatal illness, respiratory diseases, asthma and allergies. Numerous studies show the productivity benefits of good IAQ and natural light in buildings, and conversely, the negative impact of poor indoor environmental quality. Benefits to health and productivity in Green Buildings sometimes dwarfs reduced resources utilization savings.

 

- Reduce energy use: Buildings in Lebanon account for roughly 40% of the total national energy bill and a roughly equal percentage of the national Green House Gas emissions. We import 98% of our energy requirements which represent some 20% of the state budget. Green Buildings will greatly help toward reducing our energy bill.

 

- Reduce natural resources use: By recycling waste on site and using recycled, locally available, long lasting and renewable building materials, green building design helps preserve our natural resources for future generations.

 

 

What are the main factors at play in Green

Building design?

Basically the Green Building concept rests on the seven pillars of wisdom of the built environment, namely:

 

  • Integrative design
  • Socio economic framework
  • Land use & neighborhood impact
  • Location & Orientation
  • Building material
  • Indoor air quality
  • Water & Energy use

 

 

What is integrative design?

It involves close teamwork between all stakeholders on a project, including but not limited to Client, Architect and Engineer, from the concept stage to the final handing over.

 

 

How can a Green Building improve Indoor Air

Quality?

The green design approach calls for proper building ventilation with filtered air and the use of building materials and cleaning/maintenance products that do not emit volatile organic compounds (VOC), formaldehydes and other gases that have a detrimental impact on occupants' health and productivity.

 

 

Can the small house I am planning to build be a

Green Building?

The concept of Green Buildings applies as well to the 100 m² country house as to the 100,000 m² commercial high rise albeit at different levels of complexity. Green Buildings can be homes, schools, high rise, core & shell, etc …... Also Green Buildings are not exclusively meant for new constructions, renovated constructions can also be eligible for Green Building certification as well as Operation & Maintenance programs for existing and renovated buildings.

 

 

How does a green building look like?

Definitely not green unless you really like green colors, a Green Building will look like any other construction, there are no distinctive features proper to a Green Building.

 

 

Does a Green Building cost much more to build than

a conventional one?

Depending on the level of complexity of the systems involved, the price tag of a Green Building concept may increase from 0 to 20 % compared to a conventional construction. However, sound green design with proper usage will return these extra costs many folds during the life span of the building.

 

 

How does a Green Building get its rating and
certification?

There are different rating & certification programs around the world the most known being the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) developed by the USGBC. Generally each national Green Building Council proper to a country uses its own rating & certification program that suits best local conditions.

 

 

What does it imply to live in a Green Building?

Green Buildings entail Green Lifestyles, both concepts are intertwined and one cannot exist without the other.

 

 

How can I know more about Green Buildings?

Send us your enquiry at info@lebanon-gbc.org

 

To understand how green buildings are designed, visit the Whole Building Design Guide’s website and log to ‘Design Objectives’, www.wbdg.org/design/designobjectives.php

 

 

   

07-June-2017

LGBC Meeting and collaboration with OEAB

 

LGBC team met the new elected OEAB Naquib Eng.Jad Tabet to discuss ways of collaborating between

 

 

Dubai, UAE; May 18, 2017

MENA GBC Green Awards

 

LGBC participated in the MENA GBC Green Awards, an event organized by Emirates Green Building Cou

 

 

LGBC @ Project Lebanon 2017