Sustainable buildings are the building components that are built to last, utilizing green building design and drafting. A sustainable building design and drafting process involve several sustainability considerations, such as energy efficiency, water conservation, solidity and robustness of structures, and occupant comfort. These components are integrated in the overall design of the building so as to create a building that has a low energy consumption and maximum comfort for its occupants. Green building design and drafting also involve the use of materials that can be recycled or reclaimed. Some examples of these materials include steel, wood, glass, concrete, and concrete blocks, among others.
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In building design and drafting, the green building design and drafting concepts require the use of materials that are environmentally friendly, durable, strong, and lightweight. The use of such materials minimizes the effect of any weather on the structure, such as condensation on windows and walls, thus conserving energy. Also, the use of recycled and reclaimed materials reduces the total cost of building construction. Many of the materials that are used in such systems are recycled and reclaimed, such as lumber, steel, aluminum, plywood, tiles, insulation, roofing tiles, countertops, cabinets, flooring, windows, doors, roofing materials, fixtures, glazing, walls, doors, and roofs.
In sustainable architecture, many things are done to conserve resources. For instance, in building design and drafting, the natural lighting provided by windows and doors is maximized so as to allow maximum natural daylight into the structure. This allows the establishment to have a comfortable temperature, and at the same time, conserve energy. The green building design and drafting concept also make use of passive solar design and thermal mass in order to maximize energy efficiency in its operations. Many sustainable buildings also incorporate energy efficient heating systems that use boilers and air-conditioning ducts in order to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases.