Green Architecture Advantages & Disadvantages

Updated July 19, 2017

The advantages of green architecture far outweigh the disadvantages, but it's important to take a look at both the pros and the cons to make an informed decision.

Short-term Budget

The complaint that building green architecture is more expensive is often a hotly-debated subject. While some green materials may cost more than traditional materials, others will cost less.

Long-term Budget

The upfront costs associated with green design will be more than compensated for over the years, resulting in long-term savings for the owner. Additionally, there are numerous tax incentives and rebates available to encourage green architecture.

New and Unfamiliar

Building sustainable is still a new method. Many architects or builders may be unfamiliar with the materials and methods used for green architecture.

Healthier Environment

On average, people spend 80 per cent or more or available time indoors. Green materials are natural and made without the harsh chemicals that many traditional building materials are made with.

Reduce Waste

One important consideration in green architecture is reusing and recycling. Green architecture equals a reduction in waste.

Energy and Water Efficiency

A major goal of green architecture is to reduce energy and water usage. This not only saves money over the long run, it saves our planet's most-valuable resources.

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About the Author

Bianca James began her professional writing career in 2009. Her writings have been featured in "mtl," a community magazine, as well as on various websites. James has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami.