Environmentally Responsible Architecture

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Sustainable Building

Sun

The abundance of sunlight is not only good for our garden but good for ourselves. Natural daylight can enhance our feeling of well being both physiologically as well as emotionally. Through building placement, massing and solar orientation, we can use this energy for daylight in buildings as well as to heat, cool and produce electricity. By understanding the change in sun angles over the year we can precisely control the amount of sunlight that enters a building, blocking it out in the summer, letting it in during the winter.

Air

Good design must consider the health of the individual. Indoor air quality can be a tremendous influence on human health and well being because a great deal of our time is spent indoors, at home, work, or school. Healthy buildings contain low volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) out gassing products, which can be found in paint, carpet, fabric, cabinets, etc. The smell of newly constructed places is often actually toxic outgassing that is detrimental to one’s health. The effects of unhealthy buildings range from headaches, sinus and lung irritation to long term damage to the immune system. Fortunately, there are products available that maintain healthy indoor air quality.

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