What is a green building?
First time I heard the word ‘green building’, I almost asked if it was green as a color that is being referred to. However someone who’s very concerned about creating a less harmful and natural environment would know what green building means.
According to wikipedia.org “green building refers to both a structure and the application of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition”.
From the definition above, it therefore means that for a building to be qualified as a green building, it must be built in a manner that is energy efficient and sustainable. This takes us to the need to embrace the use of insulated panels and roof panels for building. Building with insulated panels will reduce the financial and energy cost of heating and cooling.
Insulated panels can be used for both industrial and commercial building. Although it is highly recommended for beverage industries and cold rooms, private building is not left out. If we are really determined to have more green buildings in Nigeria, and reduce some of the harmful effects caused by old technologies in our environment, we must embrace the use of insulated roofing and insulated panels for building purposes.
Some Advantages of Green Building
▪ Environmental: one of the very important benefits of green building is to our climate, weather and the natural environment.
▪ Economic: More energy efficiency, comes with an automatic savings utility bills, cost of power etc.
▪ Social: here, we are referring to overall well being of staffs in a ventilated building. It will lead to improved productivity of staffs as well.
Green building in Nigeria is yet to be very popular unlike in the American and European countries. However we are fast coming up, also with the help of indigenous manufacturers of insulated panels like Lange and Grant limited.