The 5 Concepts of Green Architecture or Green Building

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Green architecture is a newly concept which is being developed from time to time following the latest eco trend and technologies. Since building is among biggest contributor to pollution, nowadays we can see many organization and bodies has been established to improve the concept of green building to be more mature in the future.

In the previous article, we have discussed buildings that were built by Intel in several places in the world to confirm for “Green Building”.

Let us check what are the main concepts in “Green Architecture” or “Green Building” and don’t forget to watch those awesome videos.

1.     Sustainable Locations or Sites

Few things to be consider in sites and location such as;

  • Sites have to be minimal impact with ecology and environment in various aspects such as geology and surrounding.
  • How to minimize a building’s impact on ecosystems and waterways?
  • Green landscaping.
  • Smart transportation
  • How to control stormwater runoff?
  • How to promote reduction of erosion?
  • Light pollution.
  • Heat island effect. Source:www.epa.gov. Terminology: The term “heat island” describes built up areas that are hotter than nearby rural areas. The annual mean air temperature of a city with 1 million people or more can be 1.8–5.4°F (1–3°C) warmer than its surroundings. In the evening, the difference can be as high as 22°F (12°C). Heat islands can affect communities by increasing summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness and mortality, and water quality.
  • Construction related pollution.
  • The impact on the environment, where it is located and how it fits into its community.
  • Near or away from environmentally sensitive areas.

2.     Energy Usage

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings use 39% of the energy and 74% of the electricity produced each year in the United States. To build green developer has to implement smart energy strategies.

Some factors to be considered are;

  • Works commissioning.
  • Efficient design and construction
  • Efficient appliances, systems and lighting
  • How to implement renewable and clean sources of energy?
  • Implementation of newly innovation and invention.

3.     Water Efficiency

Buildings are main consumers of potable water supply. Water Efficiency concept is to boost smarter use of water, inside and out. Regularly we found there are huge wastes of water during any building development. Water reduction is usually achieved through more efficient utilization, fixtures and fittings inside as well as water-conscious landscaping outside the building.

4.     Materials & Resources

Regularly, during the construction of a building and later on after the building has been completed or in operations phases; buildings generate a lot of waste and use large quantities of materials and resources.

Green architecture has to consider before and after buildings completed;

  • Sustainably developed, harvested, produced and transported products and materials.
  • Reuse, reduce and recycling.
  • Mainly how to reduce waste at a product’s source.

5.     Environmental Quality

The air quality of the indoor building has to be considered with good design and usage of alternative technologies since 90% of time spending is indoor. The others considerations are;

  • Natural daylight to reduce usage of energy.
  • Acoustics improvement.
  • Natural plants.
  • Implementation of newly innovation and invention.

 

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2 thoughts on “The 5 Concepts of Green Architecture or Green Building

  1. Very nice blog! All of these Concepts are great and very important in Green Home planning and building. Two concepts you didn’t touch on that are also very important are; passive solar and thermal bridging. In designing a house it is important that there is nothing penetrating the house from the outside that can transfer heat or cold. Some homes have beams that travel into the house from the outside and can carry cold into a warm house or vice versa. It is important to eliminate this as much as possible to save energy. Also Passive solar uses the sunlight for heat in the winter but shades your home from it in the summer.
    Thanks for sharing and educating the world on being green!
    -Ernest

    • Hi Ernest. Thanks for your comment. This article is written to be as brief as possible. Topics that you have mentioned about passive solar and thermal bridging are under energy usage.

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