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What is "Green Building" and why is Agriboard™ the Real Deal?

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

In an era where environmental consciousness is paramount, the concept of green building has gained significant traction. Green building encompasses an array of practices and techniques that prioritize sustainability, energy efficiency, and environmental responsibility. As the construction industry adapts to the challenges posed by climate change, green building emerges as a promising solution to mitigate environmental impact and foster a more sustainable future.

So what are the key aspects to building green?

Sustainable Materials: Green buildings prioritize the use of sustainable and eco-friendly materials. This includes utilizing recycled or locally sourced materials, selecting products with minimal environmental impact, and promoting responsible waste management and recycling practices. For example, Agriboard Green Building Systems™ mills utilizes locally sourced straw fiber that previously would have been considered "waste" and recycled light-gauge steel. Also, because the panels are pre-engineered in the manufacturing plant based on the building project, there is no waste produced at the building site.

Energy Efficiency: Green buildings prioritize energy conservation through the use of energy-efficient appliances, proper insulation, and the integration of renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power. By minimizing energy consumption, green buildings reduce carbon emissions and contribute to a more sustainable energy future. Agriboard panels provide a high level of insulation which is inherent in straw and maximized through the Agriboard Green Building System manufacturing process.

Water Conservation: Water scarcity is a pressing global issue making water conservation a critical aspect of green building. Techniques like rainwater harvesting, graywater recycling, and efficient plumbing systems help reduce water consumption and preserve this valuable resource. The amount of water used to produce building materials is also an important component. Most industrial building products, such as heavy steel and concrete, consume and pollute a lot of water while being manufactured. The straw used for our panels is a byproduct of wheat and rice and therefore, no additional water is required to produce it.

Indoor Environmental Quality: Green buildings aim to provide a healthy and comfortable indoor environment for occupants. This involves ensuring adequate ventilation, controlling indoor air quality, using non-toxic materials, and optimizing natural lighting to enhance occupant well-being and productivity. Our system uses a bio-based product and is free from toxins often found in unnatural building materials and insulation products.

Site Selection and Planning: Strategic site selection and planning plays a crucial role in green building. By considering factors such as access to public transportation, proximity to amenities, and the preservation of natural habitats, green buildings minimize their environmental footprint and contribute to sustainable communities. Our buildings can be built in any location, and because they can be pre-engineered, they can be manufactured to specifications based on the region and use.

Long-Term Cost Savings: Initial construction costs for a green building are comparable with other methods of construction. However, the long-term benefits far outweigh the initial investment. Energy-efficient designs, reduced utility bills, and lower maintenance costs result in substantial savings over the building's lifespan. Our projects have shown energy efficiency savings from 20-40%.

Leadership and Innovation: Green building practices encourage innovation and push the boundaries of sustainable design and construction. They foster creativity and collaboration among architects, engineers, and developers, leading to the development of new technologies and techniques that further enhance the industry. We love to work with other people in the building industry to continuously innovate and evolve as new methods and technologies enter the Green Building market.

Our Product embodies the ethos of sustainability and environmental responsibility while offering a transformative approach to the construction industry and paving the way for a more sustainable future.

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