What Is Sustainable Design?
Sustainability has been defined by the Brundtland Commission, 1987, as “meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Sustainability represents a balance that accommodates human needs without diminishing the health and productivity of natural systems. In the Philippines, it is now common to talk about and then act on green building design goals for new projects. Nevertheless, none of these buildings are truly sustainable; they represent only steps in that direction.
Green building and sustainable design are terms that are often used to describe the final result of a building project – how much energy a building will save, how much less pollution it will produce, what sort of materials where chosen, and what effect on the health and comfort of the occupants is expected. They are better used to describe process. “Green” and “sustainable” are often used interchangeably to describe similar goals or design responses such as the use of daylight, natural ventilation, solar energy, and non-toxic building materials.
Sustainability however is broader in its reach, addressing the long-term impacts of the built environment on future generations and demanding an examination of the relationship between ecology, economics, and social well-being.
What Is A Green Roof?
A green roof is a prepared roof surface planted with vegetation that can offer multiple benefits, from enhanced stormwater management to pollution mitigation. A modern green roof replaces a traditional rooftop, either flat or pitched, with a series of carefully engineered layers; a roof deck, a water and root repellant membrane, insulation, a filter layer containing soil, and, finally a layer of plants.
Integrated Design Process: A Ten Key Step to Sustainable Design
At the moment, the full impacts of the built environment on the natural world are not fully understood, and the best sustainable design solutions cannot be determined based on intuition alone. The new design process outlined below has been shaped to ensure that sustainable design issues will be understood by all team members, the issues addressed and solutions found.
Ecotektonika wins 2nd place at the Pinakamagandang Bahay sa Balat ng Lupa Competition
Mediterranean, French, Canadian and many other foreign designs characterize several of today's residential development in the country. Incongruous with our tropical climate, the design of the house demand higher energy and operating costs.