"Green Building" or "Sustainable Design" as it's more properly known, has captivated the attention of everyone from the consulting community to the media to the school room, and is proving to be one of our best strategies to reducing human impact on climate change. Building sustainably includes everything from energy efficiency to water conservation to responsible material and resource use and much more.
The most fundamental tenet of sustainable design is that it be just that: sustainable. Green building is a huge topic with many different interpretations, and it overlaps with all other aspects of what CREW is and does. To design a building that is truly "green" and then construct it using sustainable practices requires starting with understanding or consideration of:
- Your site and its specific microclimate, such as the prevailing winds, sun, precipitation, vegetation and views. This will inform the massing and orientation of your building and the rooms within.
- Building envelope (walls, roof and foundation) for energy efficiency through good construction, insulation and passive solar strategies.
- On-site energy generation, waste management, water efficiency and on-site water harvesting, site protection and soil erosion control.
- Responsible materials use and re-use, weighing durability and performance, embodied energy and cost, indoor air quality and VOC free interior finishes and furniture.