Green Buildings in the City
Contrary to believes, some of Beirut’s new emerging buildings are not creating pollution or ruining the green scenery of an already damaged city. Those buildings may even be saving what’s left of it.
A green building by definition is a building that not only follows protocols of construction; it’s a building that also respects the environment surrounding it.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says “Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.”
Green Buildings have great beneficial outcomes not only on the environment but also on the economy and the society. They reduce water waste as they improve it’s quality along with the air; On an economical level, they reduce the economical cost and create a market for green and enduring products such as LED lights or solar powers…
Finally they create a healthy comfortable environment for the residents as well as a nice green structure to be looked at.
Those Buildings answer to the needs of a thriving city while at the same time preserving a near extinct nature in Lebanon and specifically in Beirut.