The link between green construction and sustainable tourism is prominent. Ideally, all new tourism investment should aim to ensure that buildings meet green construction standards. Clearly, many elements of green construction can also be implemented in the renovation of existing buildings. The benefits of green construction in tourism can be divided into two broad categories: economic and social.
In practice, it has been proven that green buildings are economically justified and more profitable than conventional buildings. Houses built using advanced environmental technologies have the following advantages:
- energy consumption is at least 25% lower.
- water consumption is at least 30% lower.
- the cost of building maintenance is significantly reduced due to the better quality of the equipment used and optimised operation.
- the principles of these buildings’ construction meet, and in some cases exceed, modern environmental standards. Consequently, even with tightening standards, these buildings do not need to be seriously modernised.
In addition to the economic benefits, green buildings also have a number of social benefits, which are very important in maintaining human health and minimising the negative impact on nature. The benefits of building green homes for human health and the environment:
- Reduction of pollution, toxic substances and debris entering water, air and soil during construction and operation.
- reduction of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.
- creating optimal conditions for indoor air quality, acoustic and thermal parameters.
- reducing the adverse effects on human health in such buildings.
- conservation of natural resources through the active use of renewable energy sources.