Green Architectural Practices
Posted on: 2012-07-16
Green Architectural Practices
Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building)
refers to a structure and using process that is environmentally
responsible and resource-efficient throughout the life-cycle of a building:
from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation,
and demolition. This requires close cooperation of the design team, the
architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages.The Green
Building practice expands and complements the classical building design
concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.
Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement
current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is
that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the
built environment on human health and the natural environment by:
Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation
A similar concept is natural building, which is usually on a smaller scale
and tends to focus on the use of natural materials that are available
locally. Sustainability may be defined as meeting the needs of present
generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet
their needs.Green building does not specifically address the issue of the
retrofitting existing homes.
Green building practices aim to reduce the environmental impact of
buildings, and the very first rule is, do not build in sprawl (spreading
in disordered fashion). No matter how much grass you put on your roof, no
matter how many energy-efficient windows, etc., you use, if you build in
sprawl, you have just defeated your purpose. Buildings account for a large
amount of land
Green architecture is designing with nature. It is essential component of
sustainable design, applying the techniques of sustainable design to
architecture that are concerned with the ecological and aesthetic harmony
between structure and its surrounding natural and built environment. It is
a practice of creating a structure that is environmentally responsible and
resource-efficient throughout its life-cycle.
The buildings or houses are
designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human
health and the natural environment through efficiently using energy, water
and other resources.It protects peoples health by reducing waste,
pollution and environment degradation. It focuses on sustainable site
development, improvement of indoor air quality, water management, energy
management, solid waste management, green materials and preservation of
Green architecture involves a whole-building approach to sustainability by
recognizing performance in human and environmental health. This involve
sustainable site selection and development, energy efficiency, water
conservation, clean air, use of low-impact materials, renewable resource,
and preserving indoor air quality.
Because of the urbanizations in Asia, Asian countries are increasingly
looking towards Green Architecture in local conditions to preserve their
resources and environments. Among these countries include Singapore, Hong
Kong, China and India are practicing sustainable structures. Example of
LEED approved structure in Asia is Eaton in China.
Because of 31% of
furniture is reused, 34% reduction in water use, 70% percent of wood is
forest stewardship council certified, 76% regional material used, 88%
demolition debris recycled, 90% of seats have daylight and views and 100%
carpet is recyclable, it gained LEED gold certification.
The several features that enables it to operate more efficiently and with
less environmental impact when compared to similar manufacturing
facilities. It is oriented with respect to the sun path to minimize
unwanted heat gain and maximize natural day lighting. The building should
be well insulated with a reflective roof to further reduce heat gain. The
transportation to the facility they are all parts of the plan when
cosidering for LEED certification .
If we can reuse the materials used
for construction that is the best practise which will reduce the cost of
l construction materials and try to get the marterials which were
locally produced, try to see if the site can be preserved or restored
with native plantings to minimize runoff and reduce landscape
We need to change the way we build because buildings are 47% responsible
for the CO2 emission across the 25 nations of European union and climate
change is 90% certain due to human activity, mainly through burning of
fossil fuel (for energy). Green architecture is a simplified lifestyle.
Changing the actions of the people is one way of saving the planet and
that includes the structures that people use.
Building green structures is
one way of protecting the environment. Sustainable design is meeting the
needs of the present generation without impairing the ability of future
generations to meet their needs. It is a way of saving the future.