Green Building in UK
The United Kingdom is one of the world leaders in Green building, if only because it is harder for this country to build the way other countries would (owing to a distinct lack of massive trees to use). However, it is not only for that reason that the UK feels an investment in Green building is a worthwhile endeavor.
Citizens of the UK are filling their landfills at an alarming rate with the construction sector accounting for 36% of the waste alone. It is estimated that at that rate, in six years, all of the landfills in the UK will be filled and there will be a serious issue with waste disposal. Green building is a way to stall this future because of the heavy use of recyclable and sustainable materials in construction.
It is with this in mind that the government in the UK has begun introducing taxes on landfills and encouraging the use of recycled materials in construction to cut down the high percentage of waste that would otherwise go into the landfills every year. Green building is a way to cut down on the waste while still making a profit as green housing is still considered a more luxurious way of living than non-green housing.Green Building in UK
The government of the UK is also being forced to take a serious look at how they manage their environment and housing. In a recent study (December 2008, The Guardian) it was found that the public buildings in Wales and England put out more carbon dioxide than all of Kenya.
The ignorance of the situation on the part of the officials combined with the old style of building were the biggest perpetrators of the large carbon footprint and it is with this in mind that the government is pushing for more sustainable building practices.
There are also pushes for more private councils such as the UK Green Building Council which relies on donors for funds, though there are also the usual concerns about big businesses buying their way into the council and influencing their policies on Green building.
The fact though, is that these types of organizations require some backing from big businesses in order to get the money to get off the ground, so it is a matter of carefully evaluating the businesses to make certain that they will have Green practices on the mind while conducting their business.
There are even stores in the UK which cover the specific niche of green building supplies; one large one is the Green Building Store which sells all manner of green building supplies for architects, companies, and interested builders.
There are also private projects being conducted such as the Green Building and Nursery in Manchester (see left for picture). This is the transformed Manchester city center which has been converted successfully to a green building. Projects such as these prove that buildings can be converted into green counterparts, which was one of the concerns of many involved in creating green housing and buildings in the UK. This particular building, among others, was done by the Terry Farrell and Partners urban design which was started by an urban architect who wanted to design green and sustainable buildings for the UK.
Owing to a great deal of interest in green building in the UK, the practice is flourishing, slowly but surely, with private and public organizations, government involvement and the development of niche markets for green building. Many writers for green building also hail from or write from the UK, and hope to spread their influence to other countries. Organizations such as the UK Green Building Council are growing in strength which means that more green buildings will be built in the UK and act as a role model for other countries.