It is in our nature to seek continuous contact with the outside environment by taking a ride on our bike, organizing excursions, or even looking for a tour or a walk. Many times we recall the pleasant feeling of the environment in the countryside, the fresh air! We tend to want to be outside closed areas because most of the buildings were not built to meet our basic needs and, above all, did not have as a basic criterion the concepts of Health and Well-being.
This employment it focuses on the system developed and managed by the German Safe Building Council, DGNB, for the certification of Sustainable Buildings and Urban Areas and defines the approach of DGNB as part of the wider Sustainable construction development. This article is an introduction to the DGNB Certification System, which aims to support designers and construction companies to implement sustainable applications in buildings and construction of urban areas, as well as to maintain and improve existing sustainable buildings. A key issue to be dealt with in more detail is how the DGNB system goes beyond a conventional “green” building, eg. Environmental pollutants and responsible procurement of building materials, and facilitates assessment, which reflects society’s objectives for social, economic and environmental sustainability, and taking into account the life-cycle performance of the building and the environmental impact.
Sustainable buildings are tested to what extent can he perform the design that done during the life of the building. As mentioned in the previous articles, any additional capital cost for eco-friendly buildings, as well as any increases in market value or rental premiums, are due to the performance of the plumbing benefits related to two main reasons:
1. Reducing operating and maintenance costs
2. Productivity and health benefits.
In this article we will explore the savings that can be achieved with sustainable buildings based on operating costs.
In our previous article on Building Sustainability, we mainly developed the significant benefits of a sustainable construction in the field of health and well-being in accordance with measurements and in-depth investigations made to building occupants. We presented Health and Well-Being to the buildings and its benefits. But what other benefits can these practices have from investors? What is the extra cost for a sustainable construction?
During the winter season the temperature drop is felt and the process of searching for the optimal heating mode is in progress by the interested consumers. Now solutions are being sought for fuels other than heating oil which although there was a small reduction in STC (Special Consumption Tax) the mood value remains high. Natural gas and this year is the main choice for consumers and in particular with the in-house subsidy program implemented under the CPDF (Corporate Pact for Development Framework) 2007-2013 Operational Program, the duration of which will be until 30 April 2015.
Autonomy systems ensure proper and economical heating without unnecessary waste. It is well known that a large part of the energy consumption of the buildings is related to the heating and air conditioning needs. Of course this consumption depends on various factors such as construction, climatic conditions, the used systems, the operation time of the installations and others. But there are ways to achieve significant savings.