Green Coatings Encasement & Sustainable Architecture
Sustainable architecture is all about making sure that the buildings we get to live and work in do not have a negative impact on the environment. It’s also about making sure that the process of putting up the buildings and maintaining them does not deplete resources for future generations.
When protective green coatings are used on buildings that meet sustainable standards, it’s a win-win for all. Here’s how green coatings help achieve that.
Striking a balance between going green and profit making is a sustainable architecture business goal. It was difficult in the earlier days, but as this concept has become popular, economies of scale has enabled the business owners to make profits. This has been achieved in a number of ways: using building resources close to the site, using technology to lower energy costs, and applying the reduce, reuse, recycle construct in the life cycle of a building.
Green coatings help in meeting this socio-economic business objective. Building owners need not demolish old or contaminated buildings, such as brownfield properties. They can apply the coatings and save 90% of cost that could have been incurred with removal, disposal and replacement. This also applies to new buildings. By applying acrylic green coatings, a buildings life is increased since they are protected from harsh weather. For instance, there is lesser maintenance, and no removal and replacement costs when roofs wear out. An application of green coatings on that roof will create a new sustainable roof while retaining the roofs insulation and structural strength. What’s more, the next renewable coating system application is after 20 years!
Building Envelope Protection
Sustainable architecture also aims to have buildings that are suitable for different geographical areas. Every building design is adopted to suit the area. Green coatings are a great reinforcement. They are the first line of defense. When applied, they seal the surface, making it water tight, resistant to bad weather and ultra violet light. Weatherproofing a building makes them comfortable to occupy for all types of weather.
Energy Star Compliant
Globally, there has been an exponential growth in population. This means that there is demand for homes and offices and they are sprouting up everywhere. This also leads to an increase in energy use. Energy bills are just some of the costs that building owners have to contend with. Fortunately, there is a cost effective way. Green coatings applied on building surfaces (roofs and exterior walls) are a great way to keep buildings cooler. How so? These green coatings are solar reflective and have been proven to reduce air conditioning costs since they lower roof temperature, thereby reducing the amount of air conditioning used.
VOC complaint is an important aspect of sustainable architecture. This means that the building materials used are non toxic. It is important that they do not contain lead, which contributes to sick-building syndrome, and have zero VOC. Green coatings should be proven so safe are that they can be applied even in the presence of children and pregnant women. Apart from that green coatings are clean and biodegradable. Building owners and occupants are confident that they are in a clean and safe space when green coatings are applied on exterior and interior surfaces.
LEED Certificate Compliant
Sustainable architecture requires meeting certain legal environmental standards such as LEED. Criteria such as the building being non-toxic, having net zero energy are compulsory. Documented use of GLOBAL Encasement Inc. green coatings can and do help building owners earn LEED points.
Resources for the Future Generation
As mentioned earlier sustainable architecture is also about posterity. The entire construction process should therefore be mindful of the resources used. Preferably materials are those sourced from the site. Waste by-products should also be managed efficiently in order to minimize environmental pollution. This is an area that green coatings excel. Instead of removing materials, which encourages replacement with new products, encasing with green coatings is the way to go. Doing so reduces landfill costs and the need for them, which can be an eyesore as well as a pollutant.
When you consider all these points, there is much to be gained when sustainable architecture includes green coatings!
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