Sustainable design also known as environmentally sustainable design, is to be environmentally conscious. Even more than that it is the philosophy of designing physical objects, the built environment, and services to comply with the principles of social, economic, and ecological sustainability. This week at Hammond Design Group we are going to talk about the Foundations of Sustainability. In order to have a sustainable structure and design requires that we understand things like building envelopes, lighting, heating, cooling, energy production, and water & waste. Don’t worry Hammond Design Group won’t give you information overload we will talk about each component every other week. Before you start designing your green structure, it is recommended that you start with site selection. Once you figured out your site as an architect you have to start thinking of things like subsequent placement, generation of plan and section forms, location of windows, and most importantly orientation of your building. Alright now that site selection is out of the way we can move on to material for your structure and building envelope. When selecting material for structure and the envelope, less is often more. When building green you want to conserve materials and resources to reduce waste, and help conserve construction cost. Below you will find some materials that Hammond Design Group agrees on for Green Design.
WORKS SITED: The Green Studio Handbook, Environmental Strategies for Schematic Design, Second Edition by Alison G.Kwok, AIA + Walter I.Grondzik, PE