Green Architecture, definition of

Green Architecture

Green Architecture refers to the process of designing a building to have a reduced environmental impact either by reusing existing materials or using new materials in a lower impact way. Green architecture also focuses on reducing the ongoing energy consumption of the building.

Note: This does not mean than an existing building cannot be made more Green, rather it encompasses making sensible use of what is preexisting in a way that is more Green. Often reusing a building than completely removing it can have a dramatic positive impact on reducing environmental impact over the longer term.

EcoWho Articles where 'Green Architecture' used:
  • Green Home Building and Ecology in Australia
    Info and sites that help with building a sustainable and green home in Australia and useful government agencies to be aware of. Also advice on dealing with architects and builders.
News & Blog articles where 'Green Architecture' used:
  • Dvele prefab, off-grid homes are dedicated to the environment
    Sustainable architecture takes many forms. From minimal site impact to material selection to energy-efficient systems, homeowners have a lot to consider. One California-based builder has placed sustainable, technological and health considerations...
  • High-tech Infinitus Plaza by Zaha Hadid completed in China
    Infinitus Plaza, the global headquarters for Infinitus, China, has recently completed construction on their innovative, environmentally-friendly and high-tech building...
  • Vertical farm building in China feeds 40,000 people
    Carlo Ratti Associati have released the design of an office tower in Shenzhen, China whose entire fa├žade will be a vertical hydroponic urban farm. The Jian Mu Tower was designed to fill the last real estate open in Shenzhen's Central Business District....
  • Aeon is a point between two worlds
    From the steel door entrance, to the soft lines, to the stark contrast in the interior design, Aeon is all about embracing and breaking boundaries. [...]
  • Building Transparency brings carbon-cutting tools to construction
    The conversation in environmental circles continuously loops back to the construction industry, with widely accepted estimates that building materials and carbon release from existing structures contribute 40% of global emissions...
  • Innovative biophilic design planned for new village in Portugal
    A new development is in the works, designed to sit on a Portuguese hillside and provide a community with unique characteristics and a focus on sustainable design, function, well-being and innovation.[...]
  • Carrboro Hillside House looks like a giant black snake
    The location is tucked into a protected forested area covered in trees with a creek nearby. It's an odd-shaped lot with a hillside and boulders, surrounded by nature. It was a huge challenge for architect Doug Pierson and designer Youn Choi, but the end...
  • Coral-like architecture in the Philippines is stackable
    Architecture can reflect the culture of the area and showcase sustainable design. The Cagbalete Sand Clusters, located in Taguig, Philippines, is a multi-use development designed with respect for the surrounding ecology and history of farming and fishing...

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