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Sustainability in Architecture

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Victoria Jeffries

on 5 February 2013

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Sustainability in Architecture Green buildings cost 1.7% more
than traditional buildings: additional cost per square foot
of sustainable buildings is $3 to $5 Why? The design and modeling time necessary
to incorporate sustainability features into
preexisting projects adds cost. Start Projects with GREEN DESIGN in mind Don't add to costs by adding
sustainability features half way through! Start with them! The Solution: energy
health costs Savings Areas: Green construction and design
results in an average 20% savings
of total construction costs Solar electric systems alone can cost
anywhere from $5,000 to $60,000 Natural materials usually cost less
than their manufactured equivalents How do Green Buildings compare? Consume 26% less energy
Require 13% lower
maintenance cost
Have 27% higher
occupant satisfaction
Emit 33% less
greenhouse gases Promotes biodiversity and healthy ecosystems
Clean air and water
Reduces waste
Conserves natural resources Environmental Benefits Promotes health and comfort
Improves indoor air quality
Minimizes strain on local utility infrastructure
Improves overall quality of life Social Benefits Sustainable "Green" design is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use energy, water, and materials, and reducing building impacts on human health and the environment over the entire life cycle of the building. What does Sustainability mean ? The Choice Environment? Economy? or Why is Green Building important? Human activity dramatically alters the world in which we live. It impacts our environment It consumes our natural resources The over consumption of our world's nonrenewable resources is a growing threat that could have drastic consequences for future generations. Design for
the Future Teaching students
the importance of
is the key to society's
switch from conventional
architecture to Green. Now or Later? Even though green buildings
are more expensive
to construct,
they often save more money
in the long run Which is
better for
the Economy? You have to spend money to make money! Are we in Denial? Priorities: Do we ignore the problem and disregard the solution
Just to save a few bucks? Do we step up and make the extra effort
to ensure a better future? Can we make the change? What path would you choose? Will we even have an economy in the future if our current mindset eventually destroys the earth?

Are there other solutions? Perhaps more affordable ones? Sources: Picture sources: For the
Economy! Without economic
growth and stability,
we cannot afford to
even try to build
sustainably. Money won't even matter
in a future where the planet
is destroyed by mankind's
pollution and wasteful
consumption of resources. For Both? For the
Environment! Can't we find a balance
between the two?
Make sustainability
more affordable and
accessible. http://www.formica.eu/environment-green-building-assessment.php
http://www.yolifitness.com/brochure.htm ETHICS Altruism Egoism Utilitarianism or For all for others? for individuals? (Kruzan), Mark. (Kruzan)“Green B(Kruzan)uilding Costs.” The City of Bloomington. 2012. Web. 11/7/2012

"Green Building Ethics." Eco Brooklyn Inc.: New York and Brooklyn Green Contractor. Eco Brooklyn Inc., 4 Apr. 2009. Web. 9 Nov. 2012. <http://ecobrooklyn.com/green-building-ethics/>.

"Innovative Approaches to Green Design for Community Sustainability." HRGreen. HRGreen, n.d. Web. 8 Nov. 2011. <http://www.hrgreen.com/Documents/Brochures/HRG-gs-sustainability-web.pdf>.

"Green Buildings Facts." http://www.auburnhills.org. 8 November 2012.

"Why Green Building is Important." http://www.wncgbc.org. Western North Carolina Green Building Council. 8 November 2012 (Kruzan) (Kruzan) (Innovative Approaches to Green Design for Community Sustainability) ("Green Building Ethics.") The moral principles that govern a person's or group's behavior.
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