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FEATURE | Green living
What does sustainable design mean in 2013?
For residential buildings in 2013, it has different
meanings or definitions for the various parties
involved in the design and construction. The
architect has always held sustainability and energy
efficiency as a key design criterion, with the
objective being to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
through improved building, thermal performance,
and building services specification. The builder and
his subcontractors now also play a greater role, in
the fabrication and melding of many individual
building elements that combine only at the end to
provide a cohesive, tested and approved outcome.
What are the basics intrinsic in home design
now? Fundamental to the design of all houses
should be the implementation of the passive
environmental principles, such as building
siting, orientation, solar aspect and penetration,
cross ventilation, and spatial planning. Thermal
performance of individual building elements,
spaces within a building, and the overall building
can no longer be ignored. This needs to be
balanced or offset against the requirement
for placement and sizing of glazing elements
within a building, especially where outlook is
an important design consideration.
What ‘add-ons’ are there for those who want
extra sustainable elements? Add-ons that may be
considered could include systems that generate or
harvest power (solar, wind, water); systems that
allow for the collection or harvesting and reuse of
stormwater (water tanks, bladders); the installation
of smart or intelligent wiring systems; the selection
and use of green building materials; integration
of landscape design and plant selection with
the design of the building; and the ability of the
building to be remodelled or reused in the future to
accommodate a changing family structure.
Rodrigues Bodycoat Architects (08) 9286 3304.
Rodrigues Bodycoat Architects reused the existing building structure
of this seaside home, and incorporated passive solar design with
operable louvre systems to minimise the overall carbon footprint.
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