A green building is a structure that eliminates negative environmental impacts with the help of its design, construction, and operations. It in fact creates a positive impact on the climate and the environment it sits in. They preserve natural resources, in turn improving the quality of life. Green buildings are resource-efficient in their construction, thereby producing healthier buildings that cost less to maintain. It is a sustainable approach for the building’s lifecycle – from siting, to design, construction, operations, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.
There are comprehensive rating systems that certify green buildings such as LEED, BuildGreen, and Living Building Challenge. These systems measure the sustainability of a building basis various criteria.