One of the biggest areas of growth within the commercial real estate development industry today is the construction of "green" or environmentally sustainable buildings. 

Advantages of Sustainable Buildings

There are many advantages of green buildings, some include:

  • energy efficiency
  • water conservation
  • lower building costs
  • global carbon market success

In addition, environmental stewardship is a very important goal for all businesses to attain. By building in a sustainable way, your business is helping to make the earth more healthy over the long run. This is good for your business, and it also wins you extra points with your customers - if you market it correctly.

For example, on all of your marketing materials, make a quick note that your business's building has been constructed to be sustainable and that your company follows green practices. This simple mention will go a long way towards winning admiration of your customers - and even potential customers!

Designing and Constructing Sustainable Buildings

There are many different players on the field when it comes to designing and building a commercial space, including:

  • architects
  • building owners
  • contractors

Besides the above, structural engineers, such as J J K Group Inc, play a vital role by making sure that the building is not only green, but also that it can stand the test of time without damage.

When all of these different experts come together on green building, you can be assured that your building will meet all of the latest sustainable building code qualifications in your state.

Retrofitting of Existing Spaces with Sustainable Building Materials

If you are interested in retrofitting an existing business space with sustainable building materials, then you are in luck. This type of project is very common today. There are many environmentally protective ways in which your building can be built in a more effective way. Some include:

  • low emissivity glass
  • heat reflective roofing materials 
  • insulation products

Heat resistant glass, known as low-e glass, can keep out the sun's heat during the day and to keep cold air from escaping outside during the hotter months of the year when your business is running the air conditioner. 

Heat reflective roofing materials help to deflect the suns rays and not allow the heat to transfer into the building.

Insulation products for the walls and ceilings help to keep heated and cooled air within the building and to lower the amount of time that HVAC systems are required to run each day.


By understanding how sustainable buildings are created, and why, you will be able to explain this topic in your next business meeting. If you have any additional questions about sustainable building practices in your area, then you should contact a local structural engineering firm.