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The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
The Green Building and Sustainability Program aims to apply sustainable solutions in the construction sector, according to the Ministry of Public Works. “Implementation of integrated green building principles and sustainability will transform conventional practice in the building industry into one that reduces the environmental impact of construction-related activities while introducing significant cost savings to government” , says a study by the Ministry of Public Works.
The program is implemented in accordance with Bahrain Vision 2030 and the strategic plan of the Ministry of Public Works. The main objectives of the program are the integration of the principles of “sustainability and green construction” in construction projects with a view to optimal use of energy throughout the life cycle of the project, the reduction of building costs. operation and maintenance, minimizing negative environmental impacts, creating a healthy environment, improving occupant productivity and improving the overall quality of life.
The study found that compared to an average commercial building, green buildings use 25% less energy and 11% less water. “Green buildings have 19% lower maintenance costs and 27% higher occupant satisfaction. They also emit 34% less greenhouse gases and consume fewer resources,” the study points out.
Speaking to the Daily Tribune, architect Jithesh K said the key features of green building are low maintenance and operating costs, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, efficiency water and better health. “Green building initiatives ensure the efficient use of resources such as water and energy. If you see it, green buildings greatly reduce energy levels used in lighting systems by exploring the possibilities of daylight.
This helps users save on their electricity bills, which is welcome. “Since operation and maintenance costs can represent up to 80% of the costs over the lifetime of a building, reducing these costs significantly increases the income of the building owners who collect the rents of their buildings. Even though a green building may be slightly more expensive to construct than its non-green counterparts, the lower operating and maintenance costs of green buildings make them much cheaper in the long run. He added that energy efficiency is essential not only for the user but also for the whole world because non-renewable energy sources are expensive and pollute the environment.
The architect said green buildings certainly have a positive impact on indoor air quality. “Indoor environmental quality depends on the conditions inside a building and how they affect the occupants of the building. These conditions include lighting, ergonomics, thermal conditions and air quality. A good indoor environmental quality protects the health of building occupants, reduces stress and improves their quality of life.
Green buildings achieve this through the installation of operable windows that let in as much sunlight as possible and reduce the use of materials that can emit elements hazardous to health. Numerous studies have revealed that people who live in green buildings experience numerous health benefits due to the safety of the materials used in the construction of such buildings. For example, environmentally friendly construction companies avoid using plastic by-products that release toxic materials. Toxic substances like carcinogens not only cause significant breathing difficulties, but also increase the risk of cancer.
The green renovation initiative implemented by the Ministry of Public Works aims to carry out energy audits in collaboration with the Electricity and Water Affairs Authority for certain existing buildings, former schools and buildings of the Ministry of Public Works in addition to the commissioning of mechanisms for monitoring energy performance.