Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Ranking green buildings (link)

Ranking the Top 10 green buildings
(from The Green Team) The American Institute of Architects ranks green projects each year, and the 2008 group takes green to a new level....

"But, for homebuyers, or homebuilders, looking to go beyond EnergyStar appliances and extra insulation, AIA/COTE have come up with some wonderful approaches to get the imagination, and the design team, working on green.  ...

Top Ten Measure 4: Bioclimatic Design
Sustainable design conserves resources and maximizes comfort through design adaptations to site-specific and regional climate conditions. Building design should respond to local climate, sun path, prevailing breezes, and seasonal and daily cycles through passive design strategies.

By far one of my favorite common sense approaches to green building. This wisdom which served our species well for thousands of years was discarded with the invention of climate controlling appliances. It boils down to taking the time to understand the local weather patterns and then working with Mother Nature to create a more energy efficient and comfortable house. Site placement, natural shading, and simple venting can all be employed to reduce the energy load of a house year around."

Link: Andrew & Stacy: The Green Team -- How AIA/COTE Measure the Top 10 Green Buildings  (HGTVPro.com)

#4 is something you don't see every day!  In my book, Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook, I quote Dwight Holmes, an award-winning architect, who said, " I am intrigued by the way that older homes in Florida responded to the environment while the later ones seem to show no awareness of it at all."


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