What Is “Green Architecture” and “Green Design”?
By Jackie Craven, About. com Guide
Green architecture, or green design, is an approach to building that minimizes harmful effects on human health and the environment. The “green” architect or designer attempts to safeguard air, water, and earth by choosing eco-friendly building materials and construction practices.
Green architecture may have many of these characteristics:
-Ventilation systems designed for efficient heating and cooling
-Energy-efficient lighting and appliances
-Water-saving plumbing fixtures
-Landscapes planned to maximize passive solar energy
-Minimal harm to the natural habitat
-Alternate power sources such as solar power or wind power
-Non-synthetic, non-toxic materials
-Locally-obtained woods and stone
-Adaptive reuse of older buildings
-Use of recycled architectural salvage
-Efficient use of space
While most green buildings do not have all of these features, the highest goal of green architecture is to be fully sustainable.
Also Known As:
Sustainable development, eco-design, eco-friendly architecture, earth-friendly architecture, environmental architecture, natural architecture