environmental design building Articles

  • Ten Questions to Answer Before Buying a Baler

    How Do You Know When You Need a Baler? Business owners and facilities managers can easily tell when it is time to purchase a baler.  Commodities like cardboard, aluminum, paper, textiles, plastics, and non-ferrous metals can accumulate and create unsafe work environments.  It is expensive to pay waste haulers to take these items away with the rest of the trash.  It is also ...


    By Harmony Enterprises, Inc.

  • Sustainable tall buildings: toward a comprehensive design approach

    This paper presents a comprehensive design approach to sustainable tall buildings development. It argues that the true efficiency and success of tall buildings are heightened by their overall relationship with their urban setting and infrastructure. Tall and supertall buildings are mini–cities and their social, economic, and environmental impacts extend throughout the neighbourhood and the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Green Building

    Project of the Month   Sonnenbaum choice of project for September is total green concept which focuses on sustainability for a manufacturing factory located in Klang. The green and sustainability concept involves creating a structure and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout a building life cycle, taking into a count all phases ...


  • Building Experience: Energy Efficient Buildings

    Issue: The development of large commercial, governmental and even residential buildings which take advantage of energy efficient design and incorporate on-site renewable energy sources could have a major impact on achieving and maintaining Kyoto targets on reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the future. Although demonstration sites across Europe have been built, the lessons learnt in their ...


  • Software for Assessing the Environmental Impact of Buildings (´Envest´)

    This paper introduces and explains the concept behind ENVEST, the first UK software tool for estimating the lifecycle environmental impact of buildings. ENVEST is a tool that allows designers to consider the life cycle environmental impact of commercial buildings at the building inception stage. The tool, which has received an enthusiastic response from building designers, provides a holistic ...


    By BRE

  • A collaborative platform for sustainable building design based on model integration over the internet

    Considerable potential exists for reducing life cycle environmental impacts of buildings in Japan. While energy consumption during the operation stage of a building's lifetime is usually dominant, indirect energy use and pollutant emissions associated with production and disposal of building materials during construction and demolition are significant. For sustainable building design, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Renovating vs. Building New: The Environmental Merits

    This presentation focuses on the environmental implications of two case study projects involving extensive renovation and rehabilitation of older Canadian buildings to serve new functions. Both of the case study projects were submitted as ...

  • Environmental design in domestic ancient Greek architecture

    The objective of this paper is to show that the subtle climatic differences should lead to different environmental strategies in building construction. Domestic architecture is investigated since housing is the most energy demanding building type. The study aims to demonstrate that the architectural subtleties developed between different house types have direct relevance to the different ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The The `Design for Autonomous Net-Zero Water Buildings` Project Funded By NSF

    The students at the University of Miami will know firsthand the importance of rethinking the way we handle wastewater and water with a Net-Zero water treatment system on site.   The project showed the viability and feasibility to take buildings off the water grid to provide water recycling and how it can be achieved without raising the cost of high quality water. The research team ...

  • Sick-building syndrome and building-related illness

    Significant health problems linked to very poor indoor air qualityIndoor Air Quality (IAQ) deals with the content of interior air that could affect health and comfort of building occupants. The IAQ may be compromised by microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), chemicals (such as carbon monoxide, radon), allergens, or any mass or energy stressor are more prevalent than anyone could have predicted. ...

  • What makes a building green?

    The terms "sustainable architecture", "green building" and "ecological design" have emerged, along with a host of similar permutations, in recent practice as environmentally friendly modes of design, construction and operation geared towards producing healthy enduring communities. However, the terms are still vague and lead to much ambiguity in their implementation. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Green Building Concept

    The Green Building concept is so popular nowadays that it has become a trend in developed countries. One does not need to be a rich city to be green. Berlin for example, having one of the lowest GDP in Europe was ranked as the city with the most green buildings, much higher than cities such as Paris. The process of going green includes the awareness that the process of constructing a building ...


  • Climate Adapted Buildings

    Acknowledging our power-hungry practices and demanding a proper understanding of the fundamental laws of physics within the context of a building. The single-greatest environmental impact of buildings today is their ongoing energy usage, which accounts for almost half of global energy usage. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) requirements of conventional buildings represent more ...


    By Actual Media

  • Minimising environmental impacts of building materials in Singapore: role of architects

    By 2030, it is estimated that the earth's population will be ten billion. Significant quantities of resources will be required to provide buildings for this population. Questions concerning the capability of the earth to support such a large population have arisen. Moreover, the extraction and utilisation of these resources can have negative impacts on the environment. Efforts are underway to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Green building benefits

    There is growing worldwide concern by the public and government about climate change, and with the new Obama Administration and upcoming global summit later this year in Copenhagen, this concern may grow into a tidal wave. As in other environmental programs, business and “industry” will bear the brunt of future regulations. The good news is that such future regulations will likely contain some ...


  • Questions and answers on sustainable buildings

    Why is this initiative necessary? Almost one half of the EU's final energy consumption and extracted materials, and about one third of water consumption, is related to the construction and occupancy of buildings. The sector also generates about one third of all waste. This results in major environmental impacts. These impacts are the combined result of the different life-cycle ...

  • Building Sustainable Sanitation Systems

    A low cost system of resource management such as composting toilets is helping to mitigate many of Haiti’s social and ecological challenges. The Caribbean Republic of Haiti — the poorest, most environmentally degraded country in the Western Hemisphere with a population of about 10 million — is a case study in forestry and soil fertility mismanagement. A colonial ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Building a house like Lego

    Home show exhibitor builds houses out of cargo containers that can be assembled in just a few hours OTTAWA - Bernard Morin would like us to start thinking inside the box. If we did. he says, we could build homes more quickly, less expensively and a lot greener. Morin, along with his wife and business partner, Jocelyne Labelle, sells homes made from recycled maritime shipping ...

  • Building Science Issue (Attic)

    Client: Upscale Custom Home Builder  Location: Florida Gulf Coast  Completion: Sept thru Oct 2007  Corrections Cost: ~$25,000 Key Project Team: Timothy Toburen Indoor Environmental Technologies (IET) was retained by the builder to determine the cause of excessive sweating ...

  • Building Safety Redefined

    Buildings today can meet societal and personal needs like never before, and standards are part of the picture. Robert A. Ivy, CEO of the American Institute of Architects, explains. How do you think building safety will be redefined in this century? Along with the sorts of natural and man-made hazards that have always been at issue, such as fires and ...


    By ASTM International

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