Green building is a time-tested, practical and intuitive approach to creating environmentally sound buildings. Green building combines age-old wisdom; tradition and collaborative design processes; and modern building science, technology and materials application. Green building structures are energy efficient, conserve resources, create healthier indoor environments and offer durable and beautiful spaces that use environmentally suitable materials. Green building incorporates integrated design concepts, solar orientation, appropriate footprint sizing, glazing awareness, material durability, economic life-cycle analysis, material reuse and salvage, natural material content, locally available materials and economic sustainability. Historically, buildings in the United States were constructed with locally available and generally sustainable materials. These materials were often indigenous to the region and resulted in unique design solutions based on their availability and the climate where the building was constructed. Today, the typical American home is a collection of materials from every corner of the continent and from suppliers across the globe. Green builders acknowledge the environmental impacts of materials selected and shipped long distances and make appropriate design choices.
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