Thursday, 4 July 2013

green architecture

Green Architecture is a term used to describe economical, energy-saving, environmentally-friendly, sustainable development.

  Green architecture is becoming increasingly mainstream with the lots of eco-friendly architectural innovations and simple of-the-shelf construction products to help ‘green’ living.

  Green architecture seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by enhancing efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space.

An eco-friendly space requires planning as much as commitment towards a better future

Principles of Green Architecture

EPrinciples of Green Architecture: Energy Efficiency

      design passive solar energy facilities use energy efficient appliances, solar panels and heat pump technology

      Use of computer sensor controlled energy saving devices; like automatic dimmers for lighting and occupancy sensors to adjust air-conditioning automatically

      centralise plumbing, insulate cold/hot water piping

      Using energy saving lighting like CFL

      Install Monitor Power Management Software

      Use of low power computers

Principles of Green Architecture: Water Conservation

      collect rainwater for external use i.e. garden/washing car

      use water conserving appliances including toilets, shower, taps, washing machine and dish washer  eg. Low flow faucets, water saving dual flush tanks

      reduce irrigation and surface water run-off

Principles of Green Architecture:  Low Environmental Impact

      include water permeable landscape features

      enhance native bush and create edible gardens

      establish home recycling bins and garden composting.

Principles of Green Architecture: Building Materials

      Certified Wood - Specify wood from certified sustainably managed forests.

      select low volatile organic compounds (VOC) and toxic-free paints, finishes and adhesives

      use materials that permit the building membrane to 'breathe'

      apply natural floor surfaces such as tile, timber and linoleum

      use sustainable solid timbers rather than processed composite sheet materials

      use inert gypsum-based wall and ceiling linings.

      Rapidly Renewable Materials such as straw, bamboo and some woods

Principles of Green Architecture: Sustainability

      think globally -act locally

      reduce CO2 production, ozone and resource depletion, rainforest destruction and erosion

      encourage environmentally-friendly technologies and sustainable solutions

Principles of Green Architecture: Waste Reduction

      select materials using recycled components

      design for re-use and recycling

      control and reduce waste and packaging

      reduce resource consumption.

Principles of Green Architecture: Health and Wellbeing

      meet the basic physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the occupants

      consider healthy lighting, colour and sound, controlled temperature and humidity and good indoor air quality to enhance the living environment

      reduce formaldehyde emissions and use pollution fighting indoor plants

      create an asthma aware home i.e. no fitted carpets, reduced ledges, low-allergen gardens

      apply an integrated wiring system for lighting, power, security, fire alarm and audio facilities

      design a safe and user-friendly space

Principles of Green ArchitectureEconomic Performance

      consider maintenance of the space plus initial 'running costs' pay-back period

      strive for a balance between ecological integrity and economic viability.

Principles of Green Architecture: Community Support

      use local resources, skills, labour, crafts and art

      consider local facilities and utilities


Points for a Green office

1. Open plan

2. Big atrium

3. Communal desks for multiple users

4. Terra cotta Floor tiles and fly ash bricks are eco-friendly

5. Clear, white walls, eco-paints

6. Large, well-insulated double glazed windows, with solar shades

7. Solar panels

8. Windmill

9. Low-energy computers



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