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.

Sustainable Building

 

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.

Optimising Water Use
  • 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.
Optimising Operational and Maintenance Practices
  • 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.
To learn more about how to make your next building project more sustainable, contact our Design team today.

*Article Source: ‘Sustainable’ by the Whole Building Design Guide Sustainable Committee https://www.wbdg.org/design/sustainable.php