sustainable building design Articles

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Environmentally Sustainable Design Building in York - Biomass Boiler case study

    This is an architectural practice that specialises in environmentally sustainable design for existing and new build projects. The practice is run by the husband and wife team of Sally and Chris Walker who recently took the step of building a dedicated office adjacent to their house to accommodate the expanding business and designing it to have as small a carbon footprint as possible. The office ...


    By Vortex Energy Saver

  • Designing and building healthy places for children

    The design and construction of the built environment have broad implications for the health of children. Healthy places should protect children from injury, pollutants and disease, provide children with a place to be physically active, play and experience nature, and promote a sustainable future. Health promotion can occur at all scales of the built environment, including buildings, communities ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • How to set up an office recycling program

    The Paperless Project states the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper a year, and 45% of paper used by office workers is trash by the end of the day. CalRecycle reports that over 785,000 tons of recyclable office paper are disposed ...

  • Transforming Health & Safety

    What got us to where we are today will not get us to where we want to be tomorrow. Decades of awareness building, training, and record keeping on Occupational Health and Safety – spearheaded by private and public enterprises and prodded along by governments – have got us to where we are today. These efforts have moved us incrementally along a path over the past four decades from ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Pulp & Paper Water Treatment - A look at optimizing water resource management

    Application Case Study (Pulp/Paper Operations) The pulp and paper industry has traditionally been a consumer of large amounts of fresh water and power. Recently, increased focus has been given to the optimized efficiency of paper mills and to the environmental sustainability footprint of the industry. Therefore, water resource management has become a more critical factor ...

  • 100 Simple Ways To Save Water

    To improve water conservation install a rain sensor, it turns off your irrigation when it rains. Use a weather-based controller. The use of smart controllers can reduce water usage 24% a year on average. Learn about available rebate programs ...


    By Jain Irrigation, Inc

  • From “Light Green” to Sustainable Buildings

    As more people move to urban areas in search of economic opportunities, the number of buildings that are needed to house them continues to rise. It is estimated that by 2030, an additional 1.4 billion people will live in cities, of which 1.3 billion will dwell in cities of developing countries. The increasing number of buildings has long-term impacts on both the environment and natural resources. ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Sustainable urban design: principles to practice

    This paper attempts to make the connection between the theory of sustainability and the practice of urban design. In doing so it draws from a wide body of literature to establish ten universal principles of sustainable urban design. These it relates to some of the widely accepted precepts of sustainable development. In linking theory to practice, consideration is given to how these principles ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Design schematics for a sustainable parking lot

    The project site for the proposed parking lot is located at Fort Bragg, NC, Build¬ing 2-2332 in the SW corner of the PWBC. Building 2-2332 is approximately 500 ft west of the Butner Road and Reilly Street intersection. The project site is mostly flat, with a slight slope of about 2 to 3 ft downward to the southeast. The project area east of the classroom is paved to accommodate the PWBC ...


    By Invisible Structures, Inc.

  • Proper Design of `Green Building` is the precursor of performance and efficiency

    EPC World Magazine, had a Q&A with Mr. Juzer S Kothari, Managing Director of Conserve Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Founded in 2005, Conserve is a global consulting firm based in India  with expertise in high ...

  • Do certified sustainable buildings perform better than similar conventional buildings?

    The aim of this study is to assess the performance of sustainable buildings. Its objective is to compare certified green buildings with similar in location, size, age and function conventional buildings by testing hypotheses that green buildings perform better than conventional ones. Objective data including building costs, energy and water consumption, material recycling, indoor pollution ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Building sustainability knowledge for product development and design - experiences from four manufacturing firms

    To further improve the sustainability performance of products, a framework for identification and compilation of sustainability information beyond mere product and process data has been developed. This has been done under the assumption that access to and use of such information may increase firm knowledge on sustainability issues as well as firm ability to develop more sustainable products, and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Application of nanostructured smart materials in sustainable buildings

    A case study of microclimate control and assessment in airplane cabin by innovative use of smart materials and airflow management is presented. The journey in a hostile environment, the limited resources and the effort of improving well being and comfort while preserving energies and materials consumption is taken as a metaphoric approach to sustainable development in architecture that can be ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Life Cycle Assessment, Databases and Sustainable Building

    Untitled Document We are experiencing a fundamental change that affects how products are developed and, more importantly, how they are ...

  • Wolselely`s Sustainable Building Centre: Showcasing the now

    This European and North American building products wholesaler employs more than 80,000 people in 5,000 distribution centres, including 1,800 branches across the UK. One of the newest additions to the network is in Leamington Spa and is designed to showcase sustainable building technology. Business insight The  ...


    By Article 13

  • Returning to Rio to build a more sustainable future

    In 1992, heads of state converged on Rio for the Earth Summit, a bright moment that seemed to herald a new era for sustainable development. Bold speeches were given, important treaties signed. Saving the planet was cast as a moral imperative. Multilateral institutions would lead the way. Twenty years later, ...

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