Designing building solutions that are environmentally responsible, energy and resource-efficient are the keys to sustainable building design: everything from site selection to design, construction, operation, and building maintenance.
BC Comfort’s Design-Build team balances the needs of these areas, using an integrated process that helps building owners to achieve their goals while reducing their overall environmental impact.
Whether you’re designing a new building or retrofitting an existing building, here are six sustainable design principles to consider.*
Optimising Site Potential
- Optimising a site’s potential, including the location, orientation, and landscaping of a building affects local ecosystems, transportation, and energy use.
Optimising Energy Use
Finding ways to improve a building’s energy performance, such as reducing the energy load, increasing efficiency, and maximising the use of renewable energy sources.
- Using water efficiently, and reusing or recycling water for on-site use.
Optimising Building Space and Material Use
Designing and operating a building so it uses and reuses materials in the most productive and sustainable way across its entire life cycle.
Enhancing Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
- Maximising daylighting, having appropriate ventilation and moisture control, optimising acoustics, and avoiding the use of materials with high-VOC emissions.
- Considering a building’s operating and maintenance issues during the preliminary design phase contributes to improved working environments, higher productivity, reduced costs, and prevented system failures.
*Article Source: ‘Sustainable’ by the Whole Building Design Guide Sustainable Committee https://www.wbdg.org/design/sustainable.php