For all the noise made about sustainable technology ( PV panels on the roof, energy star everything, etc. ) an equally important part of what makes a building green is invisible.
Today’s post explores some of the less tangible qualities that make a green building – nothing you can buy, or add on after the fact – concepts that come at the very beginning of the design process and inform the sustainability of the building through its whole lifespan.
SMALL FOOTPRINT: Make Room For Less
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
One of the most sustainable concepts that can be designed into a project is to make it smaller. Each additional square foot of space requires more materials, more resources, more energy to maintain and heat and will likely be filled with more objects that require the same. This is not to say that we advocate for everyone living in a packing crate – simply that its important to think carefully about what is really necessary before adding extra space.