What Makes a Building Green?

A green building, also known as a sustainable building, is a structure that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner.

Green buildings are designed to meet certain objectives such as protecting and preserving your health, using energy, water, and other resources more efficiently; and reducing the overall impact to the environment. Green buildings are sited, designed, constructed, and operated to enhance the well-being of their occupants and support a healthy community and natural environment. In practical terms, green building is a whole-systems-approach to building.

Economic Benefits of Green Building

A green building may cost more up front, but saves through lower operating costs over the life of the home. The green building approach applies a project life cycle cost analysis for determining the appropriate up-front expenditure. This analytical method calculates costs over the useful life of the asset.

These and other cost savings can only be fully realized when they are incorporated at the project’s conceptual design phase with the assistance of an integrated team of professionals. The integrated systems approach ensures that the building is designed as one system rather than a collection of stand-alone systems.

Even with a tight budget, many green building measures can be incorporated with minimal or zero increased up-front costs and they can yield enormous savings. Silver Developers offers many green building techniques, custom designed to fit your budget. Ask us how today!

Green Building Projects

Silver Developers is part of the builder team at Array, a 12 lot neighborhood in Chapel Hill that is North Carolina’s first 100% Net Zero new community. To learn more about Array and the beautiful and energy efficient homes available in 2022 visit www.arraysustainableliving.com.

See one of our Net Zero Homes under construction here:


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