Sustainability is justifiably becoming an increasingly important part of building design, and has many different aspects. By investing in good design, it can be possible to reduce significantly a building’s carbon footprint through a variety of measures, which as an added benefit can quickly pay for themselves through reduced running and maintenance costs.
Measures range from the obvious such as increased insulation, judicious choice of materials and use of renewable heat and power technologies to the less obvious, such as careful disposition of window openings to maximise natural light and winter solar gain whilst avoiding summer overheating.
For sustainable design to be effective, it is important that the architect incorporates the sustainability strategy into the design at an early stage. This enables the seamless integration of energy saving measures into the overall design and will ensure that other important factors such as cost and aesthetics are not unnecessarily compromised.
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