Incredible Hulk is green. Green is power, trees are powerful, nature is powerful. But humans are like the villains, going against true beauty. Polluting the innocent air, chopping down vulnerable trees, throwing our candy wrappers on the ground without thinking. Every negative and positive thing we do impacts the earth.
Buildings have such a big impact on the environment, majority of the impact is negative. The lights and other appliances increase carbon emissions, fumes from the paint enter the atmosphere and add to air pollution. Luckily more green buildings are being built. Green buildings are buildings that are excellent for our environment. They are energy-efficient so they use less electricity, they use materials more wisely and new materials that we wouldn’t normally use such as bamboo wood floors. When a green building is under construction they make sure that waterways remain unpolluted. Lastly, they are great for our health. The air quality indoors is so much better!
Green buildings use very sustainable materials, and are very high-tech. Some of these buildings use skylight tubes, these tubes use a skylight dome on the roof to gather natural light that can be installed anywhere in the building. Recycled glass countertops are also being used in these buildings. Generating concrete has an impact on global warming so the resolution to that problem is to use recycled materials in concrete mixtures.
A building is green when it is LEED certified. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council to reward buildings that have good environmental principles.
There is one LEED certified custom built home in Burnaby. The rubber roof has solar panels and provide 15-20% of the yearly electricity used in the home. In the backyard there is a Garden Gourmet compost bin, it handles grass clippings and organic waste. The compost is then used for the soil which benefits the plants. In the kitchen there is an induction stove that boils the water within 45 seconds. Also, there are lot of windows for natural light!
“Going green doesn’t start with doing green acts — it starts with a shift in consciousness. This shift allows you to recognize that with every choice you make, you are voting either for or against the kind of world you wish to see. When you assume this as a way of being, your choices become easier. Using a reusable water bottle, recycling and making conscious daily consumer choices are just a few…” -Ian Somerhalder
Miss Teen Burnaby-World 2013