Green Grow the Buildings

Stromberg, Meghan
July 2005
Planning;Jul2005, Vol. 71 Issue 7, p16
Trade Publication
This article focuses on the concept of green buildings. In a nutshell, it is designing and constructing buildings in a way that minimizes their negative impacts on the environment. More specifically, it concerns a building's efficient use of energy, resources, and water; sustainable site planning; and indoor environmental quality. No single technology can make a building green. Since a building is not merely the sum of its parts, but a collection of interdependent components and systems, building green requires a holistic, systems-based approach. Understanding how certain systems affect others is essential to successful sustainable design and construction. For example, a tighter building envelope allows for the installation of a smaller HVAC system, but also diminishes the building's capacity to expel excess moisture. Energy efficiency is what springs to mind when most people think of green buildings, especially if they happen to be paying their heating bill or filling their gas tank at the time. INSET: LEEDing at the Neighborhood Level.


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