Sustainability Pre - Design Issues


The conventional process for a construction project involves the initial project conceptualisation, followed by:

An environmentally responsive design process adds the elements of:

These new elements must be incorporated into the project from the very beginning and carried throughout the project phases to the final occupancy of the building.

Conventional approaches

Conventional buildings often fail to consider the interrelationship among:

Green buildings, through an integrated design approach, take into consideration the effect these factors have on one another.

Factors that need to be considered in an integrated approach include:

Multidisciplinary design

A multidisciplinary design and construction team can develop a building’s functional and operational design to meet environmental and financial goals.

The multidisciplinary approach allows all team members....

.... to share specialized expertise, coordinate their individual design efforts and achieve a well-functioning, integrated building.

Development of green building guidelines

Development of green building guidelines sets:

Environmentally responsive design process

An environmentally responsive design process, follows the conventional process, with additional consideration given to:

Activities which should occur in pre-design discuss the activities that occur in the design, bid, construction, and occupancy phases of a building’s development.

Incorporating green building practices

Because the pre-design stage is the first step in the building process, incorporating green building practices into the project at this juncture is critical.

Decisions made during pre-design not only set the project direction, but also must prove cost-effective over the life of the project.

It is important to charting the course of the project at the very beginning by:

A clearly developed project framework guides the decision-making process throughout the project. It incorporates issues related to site selection and design, the building design and its systems, the construction process, and building operations and maintenance.

Integrated building design

Integrated building design is a cornerstone for developing sustainable buildings. These are efficiently combined systems of coordinated and environmentally sound products, systems, and design elements.

Simply adding or overlaying systems will not result in optimal performance or cost savings. Rather, building designers can obtain the most effective results by designing various building systems and components as interdependent parts of the entire structure.

This conceptual framework starts at the pre-design stage and is carried throughout design and construction to building completion and operation.

This integrated approach is well-illustrated in passive solar design strategies that combine.... a systemic manner that results in improved building function and increased occupant satisfaction.

Incorporating increased day lighting into a building design, for example, will affect good health and introduce energy saving measures with a mixture of natural and general lighting controls.

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