Green Buildings: The Divergence in Beliefs


“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.”

 – Albert Einstein

 Believed Imaginary

Green buildings, according to people, are tend to possess a very formulaic image of being expensive than other conventional buildings. However, if one concentrates and figures out exact reasons which affect the cost of any building, they will come across two types of costs involved, hard costs and soft costs. Distinguishing the two, hard costs focuses the defined portion of expenses and soft costs involves fees for professional services, legal and design charges, and pre and post-construction costs.

Cost of building

Irony in the situation is that, there can be both expensive green buildings and expensive conventional buildings. And just the accreditation solely is not responsible for the building to be justified as high-priced itself. Therefore, it is required to evolve the true design thinking or brain-storming session or the thought-process, so as to give this matter a crucial impact of time and elaborate to what exactly affects the cost of building, and being it green doesn’t.

True design-thinking

A true design process prior to all the static research and thought development necessitates the discovery of alternate technologies, systems and materials. And through this way-ahead the misconception would get buried. This is also important so that the significance of initial concept development and basic technique evolving tasks are not sacrificed during any design development stage of a building.

Beneficial part

People these days have consideration about certain savings involved. Although in the long-term view of operational savings of any building, focus on high performance equipments and systems is required. This is further categorized into capital costs and operation costs. Now to consider different types of costs, one might look upon to the first or up-front cost of installing photo-voltaic panels, high-efficiency mechanical systems or indoor water wall to improve indoor air quality. All this might not fit in a typical budget. This encounters the economic parameter of a building, keeping in mind the utility cost savings, which are accountable for the beneficial part in the same concern.

All this itself calls out to the SWOT analysis of any project for which the stated design theories are implemented. And this accounts for an appropriate concern and awareness that could differentiate between the relevant and irrelevant when jotting down the cost of a building.

“Once the delusions and unclear outsets have been aligned and fixed properly, it will demonstrate to that green buildings have their evaluation towards social impacts and benefits.”