Sustainable architecture seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by enhancing efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space.
Generally sustainable architecture reduces global CO2 emissions, energy consumption, and material waste. Green buildings, also known as high performance buildings, are intended to be environmentally responsible, economically profitable, and healthy places to live and work.
Sustainability means a balance between social, economical, and ecological issues and this balance has to be found out individually for each project and location.
- long-term economic model: construction, operational, energy
- maintenance, and replacement costs
- longevity of materials
- prefabrication and modularization
- reducing to the maximum, eliminating the superfluous
- long-term development, possibilities future transformations
- high level of architectural quality
- satisfies human needs and supports healthy lifestyle
- consideration of the physical, cultural, and social context
- traditional, local architecture design
- foster biodiversity
- reduces global CO2 emissions
- progressive energy performance
- energy efficiency, reduced energy consumption
- use of renewable resources (active and passive)
- water preserving, supports local aquifer recharge
- minimal earthwork
- reduced ecological footprint
- waste minimizing: reuse, recycle
- grey energy minimization, use of recycled content materials