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Transcript of Sustainable Architecture
3. How sustainable architecture affects climate change, resource conservation and energy efficiency? Environmental USGBC Economic Health and Community The benefits of sustainable architecture can be divided into three main sections; environmental, economic, health and community. Promote and protect ecosystems and biodiversity
Improve the quality of surrounding environments; air and water
Reduce solid waste and conserve natural resources According to the USGBC
(US Green Building Council)
Use 26% less energy,
Cost 13% less to maintain,
have 27% higher occupant satisfaction and produce 33% less greenhouse gas emissions Reduce utility bills/operating costs
Higher employee satisfaction and productivity
Higher probability of selling the buildings/ Investment Improved air quality and temperature regulations
A reduced burden on local infrastructure
= Higher quality of life 2. What are the three main principles of sustainable architecture? Principle #1 : Economy of Resources By economizing resources, the architect reduces the use of nonrenewable resources in the construction and operation of buildings. There is a continuous flow of resources, natural and manufactured, in and out of a building.
This flow begins with the production of building materials and continues throughout the building’s life span to create an environment for sustaining human well being and activities. After a building’s useful life, it should turn into components for other buildings.
Material Conservation Principle #2 : Life Cycle Design “Cradle-to-grave” approach recognizes environmental consequences of the entire life cycle of architectural resources, from procurement to return to nature. LCD (Life Cycle Design) is based on the notion that a material transmigrates from one form of useful life to another, with no end to its usefulness.
Pre Building Phase
Post-Building Phase Principle #3 : Humane Design Perhaps this stage is considered the most important principle of sustainable design. While economy of resources and life cycle design deal with efficiency and conservation, humane design is concerned with “the livability of all constituents of the global ecosystem", including plants and wildlife.
Preservation of Natural Conditions
Urban Design and Site Planning
Human Comfort 4. What value does sustainable architecture have in terms of economic and environmental impact and performance? Sustainable architecture professions offer an opportunity to create environmental resource-efficient buildings by using an integrated approach to design.
Sustainable architecture promotes resource conservation, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation features.
Considering environmental impacts and waste reduction which create a healthy and comfortable environment to reduce operation and maintenance costs and also address issues such as historical conservation, access to public transportation and other community infrastructure systems.
The entire life cycle of the building and its components is considered what sustainable architecture values in terms of economic and environmental impact and performance. Topic Question How Industry Can Operate Sustainably? Citation "A Brief History of Sustainable Development." A Brief History of Sustainable Development. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2013.http://www.sustreport.org/background/history.html
"What Are the Benefits of Green Architecture?" LIVESTRONG.COM. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2013.http://www.livestrong.com/article/119444-benefits-green-architecture/
"What Is "Sustainable Architecture"?" What Is "Sustainable Architecture"? N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2013.http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu/arch/ARCH371-F99/groups/k/susarch.html Internet Resources PDF File http://www.umich.edu/~nppcpub/resources/compendia/ARCHpdfs/ARCHdesIntro.pdf New Oxford AmericanWCED (The World Commission on Environment and Development; 1987): Our common future. Oxford.USGBC (US Green Building Council) Encyclopedia/Book To develop more sustainable we as societies and as industry need to truly understand how to respond to our surrounding environment, social, and economic challenges and their tendency of transformation of industrial behavior.Thus, sustainable architecture is one step forward to operate industry sustainably. Images http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4t3fegr0K1r3clqao1_1280.jpg