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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.

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  • 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:
  • 5 reasons why building green is the best way forward
    Each year, the construction industry accounts for 6.9 billion U.S. tons of greenhouse gas emissions. This quantity is only surpassed by the transport and energy industries. To minimize our construction footprint, green building is becoming increasingly...
  • Pedestrian bridge by ATRIUM will grow trees above highway
    When you think about it, bridges are one of humankind's greatest achievements. They close gaps and connect places and people together. They are also engineering marvels. It takes true confidence to look across a chasm or body of water and decide to build...
  • This innovative medical building resembles ocean waves
    Near the coast of the Baltic Sea in a historic health resort town, Wave One, part of the European Center for Families, has already been built and is drawing in a lot of eyes...
  • 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...

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