All homeowners in NYC are encouraged to create harmless, cost effective and green buildings like Anthony Malkin. Green buildings are becoming preferable to reduce instances of environmental pollution and enhancing a sustainable environment. There are various known benefits of green buildings but below are a few you might not have known.
Urban heat island is seen as an effect that is facilitated by the presence of insulating properties of tall buildings and materials such as asphalt, sand and concrete. These elevated temperatures are as a result of permeable and moist surfaces becoming dry and impermeable on account of some houses and highways. This effect can be compensated by having more green areas like green roofs as well as green gardens.
Indoor air quality
When setting up a house, you should put much emphasis on the ventilation system. The system can be powered in some ways; mechanically, passively and naturally. No matter how the system is powered, the most important thing is to have clean and filtered air. It is, therefore, important to use low or non-emission materials in the construction. Most materials applied in most constructions are toxic and may radiate poisonous gases or incorporate volatile compounds. Indoor air pollution is much dangerous and can lead to respiratory diseases such as asthma. The best way to control this problem is having an efficient ventilation system and an insulated building envelope.
Higher worth of property
A building will cost more if it contains sustainable components. A green building is energy efficient. The use of gas, energy and water is greatly reduced. The building can, therefore, maintain a high sale value.
Green buildings necessitate less maintenance: they require minimal exterior painting, unlike other houses. The materials used to set up the building are durable, and they are not damaged quickly. Maintenance cost is therefore reduced significantly.
Tax provisions are established to encourage setting up of green buildings. Homeowners who construct green buildings enjoy tax cutbacks and fewer restrictions. The tax initiative is available at the federal, local and state level.
Low retail sales
A survey conducted in most cities including NYC indicates that houses lighted with skylights are more sustainable as opposed to those lighted with artificial systems. Retailers using daylight can reduce the utility costs.
Thanks to numerous recent studies, it is hard to deny that global warming is a fact and that we need to do our part to help limit pollution. While these studies have helped to raise awareness of various environmental concerns, many people still really only know about global warming. The truth is, there are many different concerns facing the planet. To help broaden awareness and bring some more of these problems to light, take a look at the top environmental concerns that we face today.
Many people do not consider the population as a threat to our planet, yet it is inevitable that more people can lead to more problems. In certain regions we are already seeing the effects of overpopulation. This leads to shortages of natural resources in the area, such as water, food, and even fuel. Eventually, if these concerns are not addressed, we could begin to see the effects of overpopulation in other parts of the world.
The Loss of Natural Resources
Overpopulation is not the only concern leading to a loss of natural resources. We continue to consume natural resources at an advanced rate. This leads to global warming and climate change. Some of the steps that we can take to fight this include the use of other sources of energy, such as solar and wind energy. The more popular these alternative energy sources become, the more available and more affordable they become.
To go along with our over consumption of various natural resources is our abundance of waste. The world has always used the oceans as one large dumping ground. We can now see how damaging this can be in the form of large floating plastic islands of garbage that have been discovered in various parts of the ocean.
Loss of Biodiversity
Polluting the oceans has damaged coral reefs and the natural habitat for many oceanic creatures. This has caused a loss of biodiversity in the oceans; though, we are also noticing this problem in other areas. Deforestation has forced the extinction of many species in heavily forested areas, especially in the Amazon rain forest.
Finding clean drinking water is becoming harder for certain regions. This is exceedingly difficult in areas that are already facing overpopulation. In regions where there is heavy pollution the water is more at risk. In addition to manmade water pollution, we have also noticed regions affected by severe droughts in recent years.
These are just a few of the top environmental concerns that we face today. As you can see, many of them are connected or interrelated. We may not be able to tackle one of these problems without looking at the big picture. As a worldwide community, we may have to take steps to combat all forms of pollution and environmental risks.
Many people are already doing their individual part to help limit their carbon footprint. People are becoming more involved in recycling programs, switching to electric and electric hybrid vehicles, commuting to work, riding bicycles, and cutting down on their overall energy usage. This is a good starting point, but these are steps that are being taken in mostly developed parts of the world. It is in the less developed nations where the need to take action is stronger.
If you are interested in learning what you can do to raise awareness about these issues then perform a search online for local environmental groups and international relief organizations aimed at combating water pollution, waste disposal, and other issues threatening our safety.