Sustainable architecture and integrated design
It all starts with a new building — with architecture and design, then comes the sustainable indoor climate.
Sustainable architecture is an eco-friendly approach to modern-day building encompassing every aspect of the planning and construction process, including: the choice of building materials; the design and implementation of heating/cooling; ventilation systems and waste systems and the integration of the built environment into the natural landscape.
Integrated design is a method for effective and sustainable building. When used throughout a building project, integrated design methods produce better buildings for both those using the building and the environment.
Sustainable indoor climate practices
Sustainable practices are intended to conserve resources that benefit human life and health.
Sustainable practices impact the indoor climate in a variety of ways, such as: designing for more and better light; selecting building materials and furnishings with less toxic materials or using environmently friendly maintenance products.
The EPA defines green or sustainable construction as “the practice of creating and using healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition.”