Sunday, November 2, 2008

Defining Sustainable Architecture

The following is an abstract from CADDETAILS~

Sustainable Architecture is described as;

"Environmentally-conscious design techniques in the field of architecture. In the broad context, sustainable architecture seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by enhancing efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space".

From the government's perspective, you are creating sustainable architecture if you're:-
* Improving Indoor Air Quality
* Controlling Sources of Pollution
* Providing Effective Ventilation
* Improving Lighting Quality
* Using Site Resources
* Restoring Natural Ecology
* Enhancing Site Microclimates
* Controlling Storm Water
* Using Thermal Mass
* Selecting Low Environmental Impact Materials
* Specifying Water Efficient Appliances
* Reducing Construction and Demolition Waste

This is by no means a complete list but it does drive home the point that buildings are complex systems and to be environmentally-conscious requires more than the proverbial brick in the toilet tank.

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