“Architecture is supposed to complete nature. Great architecture makes nature more beautiful- it gives its power”

-Claudio Silvestrin

HOW CAN ARCHITECTURE BENEFITS THE NATURE?

GREEN CONCEPT AND GREEN BUILDING:

Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from sitting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.

  • Protecting residents’ health and improving people’s productivity
  • Reducing waste, pollution, and environmental degradation

Why is green building important?

The growth and development of our communities has a larger impact on our natural environment. The manufacturing, design, construction and operation of the buildings in which we live and work are responsible for the consumption of many of our natural resources.

Environmental benefits of green building:

Enhance and protect biodiversity and ecosystems, improve air and water quality, reduce waste streams, conserve and restore natural resources.

Economic benefits of green building:

Reduce operating costs

Social benefits of green building:

Enhance occupant health and comfort

Green Building Programs:

Green Built Homes Certification Program is a state-wide residential green-building rating program administered by the Green Built Alliance. Homes receive a rating and certificate based on third-party inspections. Contact the Green Built Alliance for more information.

LEED:

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nationally accepted rating system for commercial and institutional green buildings. The program helps establish a standard measurement for green building. Contact the U.S. Green Building Council for more information.

Green Gauge with Home Energy Score:

It is an innovative home-assessment tool to help homeowners save money, reduce energy usage and live in spaces that are healthier for themselves and the environment. Green Gauge uses a variety of criteria such as energy and water usage, building material sustainability, indoor air quality, site walk ability and landscape ecology in order to determine how “green” a home is. The energy-efficiency portion of a Green Gauge Assessment is completed using the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score (HES). HES uses a systematic approach to provide a reliable, scientifically-based analysis of a home’s energy characteristics and overall energy efficiency, which is rated on a scale of 1 to 10.

RECONNECTING PEOPLE AND ARCHITECTURE WITH NATURE:

10 Ways Architecture and Nature Can Harmonize:

  • Site Analysis: Understand your site context and surroundings. Use your building’s site to inform your concept’s grand gesture and evolve your concept accordingly without demolishing its natural elements. This surrounding context will give you an amazing guidance, inspiration, and resources from which pulls to create an extraordinary design and ideas.
  • Weather Pattern Acknowledgment: An architecture buildings are responsive to the nature that can be designed to sense and behave accordingly to weather patterns. An architecture building could transiently change its own behavioral language according to solar intensity, precipitation, or wind intensity respectively to their harmony.
  • Biomimicry in Design: Nature offers many design lessons to help one innovate strategy within a design. For example, one can configure new ways to use materials or frame a problem by observing and analyzing how nature solves for a particular problems with its own materials.
  • Injecting Natural Elements: Nature can be injected into living or working environments as micro-elements. For instance, a stone sculpture that can be touched by occupants or a semi-indoor garden that emits beautiful scents and also brings the nature within when possible. Interior and exterior environments can play-off of one another to create build spaces that use nature as an element that fuses them together.
  • Integrate Occupant-Nature Relationships: When designing environments, it is important to learn more deeply about your occupants’ relationship with nature. By understanding how your occupant likes to experience nature, you will know much better how to design for their working or living experience. For example, one occupant my love the rain, while another occupant prefers sunny days.
  • Push Materiality Further: By understanding the nature of your building materials, you can push what they do within your design even further. Ask yourself: What can this material do to express and provide an environment that exudes the functionality and aesthetics within which my clients would thrive?
  • Consider Boundary: The inherent boundaries that you design into environments can divide or unite occupants from nature. Within your own designs, it is helpful to be aware of boundaries that allow for visual nature (glass partition) or acoustic nature (open window). Consider what sensory modality boundaries are blocking or connecting occupants with nature.
  • Nature Immersion: Your building design can also be made to become one with nature, as it takes your occupants on a journey to experience nature to its fullest. For such a project, one may ask: Where does the building end, and the nature begin?
  • Nature for Approach and Departure: For your architecture, consider the role and design of nature as it contributes to support your occupants enter and exit your building. How does nature and its presentation help occupants to prepare for the built environment and their experience? And how does the nature help occupants to process and remember what they have experienced once your building has been existed. Nature can serve as an experiential “bookends” to your project.
  • Interaction with Transient Natural Elements: Your building can interact with nature transiently: when the sun moves across the sky, or the wind changes intensity, or the temperature drops. As you design, ask: How can this architecture “dance” with nature to create entirely new experiences for occupants.

“NATURE IS NOT A BUISNESS

IT IS OUR RIGHT FOR SURVIVAL”

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