Efficient use of water

The objective is to reduce the amount of municipal water the buildings use either during or after construction thus conserving the potable (drinkable) water and reducing the building’s operation costs through lower water use and sewage fees. First step would be during the initial design phase were water consumption needs are reduced and the water…

Sustainable Building Site

Sustainable building selection starts with suitable location that is important for energy use, rainwater management, transportation “how the site is linked to its surroundings and land use preservation. Site selection impacts: Proximity to public transportation Landscaping and vegetation Energy conservation strategies Smart Growth: Reduces heat island Reuse previously developed sites Protect undeveloped land Develop efficient…

Green design’s criteria

  Green design’s criteria and sustainability goals Some criteria to look for while designing on a building level are: The location should take advantage of public transit and existing infrastructure The selected site should increase sustainability Saving landscape and internal use water Encourage green energy development to save energy and cut costs Where does the…

Systems thinking

Where multiple connected systems form a one big more complex system that has all its parts affecting each other, while designing we need to take into consideration that we should not design a solution to a problem in isolation of its affection on other system’s subsystems.     System types: Opened systems: less sustainable, that…

Whole building design

Traditionally building systems were viewed separately and decisions were taken according to schedule or budget, priorities were not based on the final building performance and specialists worked in isolation for the most part. The whole building design is an integrative design that has interbuilding considerations that result in greater efficiencies where all building systems operate…

The Triple Bottom Line

The Triple Bottom Line is described as: Profit, Planet and People.  or Economic, Ecology and Social equity Economy: Producing a long term and positive economic impact products Environment: the product should benefit the planet as much as possible Social equity: Improving the life for the citizens   LCC: Life cycle cost is the sum of…

Plan for Green

Areas to make green while designing, building and operating projects in Green cities: View the project through the lens of life-cycle approach, during the project initial phase, there should be a series of workshops taking place to build cross disciplinary strategies that support sustainable design framework and assign responsible parties to all related tasks in…