Construction published12.11.2021
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Green building in Serbia – What is sustainable construction and what are its advantages?

How do you recognize the urban life of today? Is it a more modern way of designing exteriors and interiors? Special materials used in construction, which may not have been so represented before?

All these “innovations” are in fact the foundation and pillar of the success of a completely new era in construction, and even in the life of every human being. This era is called sustainable construction, which aims to raise the environmental awareness of the community about the negative impact on the environment.

More about what sustainable construction is, which materials are considered sustainable in construction, as well as about the attitude of our country towards sustainable construction –Grading reveals in the following lines.

What is a green building?

Not so long ago in our past, most people were able to live in close synergy with nature.

  • They knew how to choose a location for their home.
  • How to set up a house so that the winds and the sun affect its condition.
  • How to use local material to build and equip your premises.
  • How to adapt to the local climate, winds, how to use daylight, etc.

In the time of rapid urbanization, today this old knowledge has been neglected, and the experience with nature is one of the foundations of green, ecological, and sustainable construction.

Elements of sustainable construction in one building

Buildings and the construction sector are the largest single source of global warming. Of the total consumption, buildings were found to be responsible for:

  • 72% of electricity consumption
  • 38% of carbon dioxide emissions
  • 14% of practically wasted drinking water
  • 40% use of raw materials for construction and maintenance
  • 30% generation of waste that is impossible to recycle

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How can this be stopped?

1. Insulation with stone wool

High temperatures during the summer can become a problem, especially in buildings that are exposed to the sun. Therefore, houses and apartment buildings should be protected with highly insulating materials such as stone wool.

Thanks to the multifunctional purpose of materials such as glass wool, ideal conditions are created for thermal, sound, and fire protection in construction and industry.

2. Seven-chamber carpentry

Heat loss during the winter can be minimized by sealing windows and doors well, and the so-called cold bridges are reduced to a minimum.

Seven-chamber pvc carpentry is one of the most important factors for sound and thermal insulation of your windows or doors for the simple reason that 80-90% of the surface of windows or doors is glass surface.

3. Central heating

All households should be connected to the central heating room, via pipes and a hot water pump. Large central heating systems are connected in the same way. This system is capable of generating heat from renewable and sustainable sources.

4. Efficient devices and smart consumption meters

Efficient devices and smart lighting of a space that consumes little electricity are extremely necessary to introduce, perhaps before all other parameters of sustainable construction.

We can even monitor the situation and consumption with the help of digital meters. They will show household energy consumption in real-time, with automatic regulation to achieve energy efficiency in the building.

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Benefits of green building and living in green buildings

Green building is one of the fastest-growing markets in the industry. The results of research by leading construction companies and organizations engaged in sustainable construction clearly show the great advantage and cost-effectiveness of “green buildings”, especially in terms of health and quality of life and work in them, as well as energy savings and reduced maintenance costs.

However, there is a misconception in our country that green construction is expensive and therefore unprofitable. This belief stems from our understanding of the economic system, which we view only as immediate material gain and profit.

Recognizing the fact that the preservation of natural resources and quality living conditions are an indispensable part not only of the economy but also of the overall development of humanity, will help our society to fully transition to a system such as sustainable construction, and change the way it observes and selects materials for their homes.

Sustainable construction with Grading – Saving energy and protecting the environment

The process of building a green building requires synergy with nature and a great connection of people in the construction team.

Grading’s green team is composed of numerous participants, starting from experts in architecture and modern construction, to representatives of all groups and institutions interested in the process of green building.

Regular planning of activities, constant consultations, and review of decisions is the key to a successful sustainable construction venture.

Our buildings are “alive”, so it is necessary to constantly monitor the functioning of its systems, perform measurements and harmonize with the needs of tenants and visitors.

By certifying green buildings, we ensure the quality and sustainable properties of the building, i.e., we ensure that our buildings “behave” in accordance with the ecological principles according to which it was built or renovated.

Modern man spends more than 2/3 of his time indoors. Most often, it is an office, an apartment, a fitness center, a café, and the like.

The quality of such spaces is becoming increasingly important for the issue of physical and mental health of people. And a growing number of tenants are becoming aware of this.