Here at JL Architects, we are once again talking about the importance of a green, sustainable, eco-friendly environment that will be enjoyed by generations to come.
Earth Day has become a holiday that celebrates building environmental awareness in more than 192 countries. Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, and since then it has been celebrated each year on April 22nd. The movement started in the United States, when 20 million people gathered in the streets to protest industrial revolution. Now, people all around the world demonstrate with activities that show their support towards environmental protection. Every year on April 22nd, men, women and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up waterways, sign petitions, and try to make other people aware of how they can create a healthier environment.
JL Architects has decided to take action by spreading the word about Earth day, and how this relates to our architectural design. We think that the only way to go forward is to improve the quality of our environment and get involved. When we design, we address subjects like: how to build a healthy, sustainable environment, climate change and how to design a better “Earth” for future generations. The realization of the benefits in architecture associated with this type of environmental movement starts with a transformation of the design process itself. The success is best accomplished by understanding and implementing connections between systems and components. The goal is to achieve high levels of building performance, human performance, environmental benefit and cost effectiveness over both the short and long term, without exploiting our natural resources.
For reaching our goal, we combine our design skills and architectural resources in energy and environmental design utilizing programs such as LEED and Green Globes. These nationwide certified programs give guidelines on how to use less water and energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and as an added bonus, how to save you money. Certified buildings have been proven to use 25% less energy and a 19% reduction in aggregate operational costs in comparison to non-certified buildings. There are also a variety of tax benefits and incentives available for green buildings in different states and municipalities across the country. Typical examples of these incentives include: tax credits, grants, expedited building permits, and reductions/waivers in fees.
So on Earth Day, and every day, let’s all be a bit more conscious of our environment, and how we can work together to make a difference.
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