High performance building is a building that uses a whole-building design to achieve energy, economics and environmental performance that is substantially better than standard practice Green Building a building or facility designed and built in a resources efficient manner using ecologically based principles 2.2 Rationale for High-Performance Building There are many reason why it is vital to create high-performance buildings. Widely recognized reasons include the following: It provides an ethical and practical response to issues of environmental impact and resources consumption It relies on renewable resources for energy systems (recycling and reuse of water and materials; integration of native and adaptive species for landscaping; passive heating, cooling and ventilation) Green buildings virtually always make economic sense on a life cycle cost (LCC) - high entail capital cost but less maintenance future cost It creates a healthy indoor spaces for occupants Minimizes habitat disturbance Reduces, controls, and treats surface runoff Restores the health of degraded sites by improving habitat for indigenous species Incorporates transportation solutions along with site plans that acknowledge the need for bicycle parking, carpool staging, and proximity to mass transit 2.3 Resource Conscious Design Resources conscious design is central to sustainable construction. When we talk about resources and conscious design, this includes concepts such as: A process of minimizing the ecological impact by using less natural resources For building material selection use “closed loop “ practice and eliminate solid, liquid and gaseous which are emissions key for sustainable construction
A key component of resource conscious design includes the ‘Principles of Sustainable Construction.’ These principles include: Reduce resources consumption (reduce) Reuse resources (reuse) Use recyclable resources (recycle) Protect Nature (Nature) Eliminate toxics (toxics) Apply life-cycle costing (economics) Focus on quality (quality) Application o Show/Hide Line Reader Think about this Unit and Your Practice Sustainability, might be invisible in our practice. In many ways, sustainability is very similar to Mathematics. Even if you do not use formula and equation, directly, in your daily life, they will play important role and define critical part of your analytical mind that is guiding us to make an educated decision, in almost every aspect of our personal and professional life. We are, constantly, learning from ours and other’s professional experiences and mistakes to improve our knowledge and Expert Judgment. When it comes to sustainability and your practice, take a moment think about how you might define “Good Practice.” Another concept you should spend some time consider is “Building Commissioning.” After you have spent some time developing your own ideas , click below to review another professional perspective on these two concepts. Use this second perspective as a sounding board for your own ideas.
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