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green buildings

We care about the environment. The technology of low energy buildings has become more commonplace but the impact the building has on the environment is about more than energy and must be examined in a holistic way.

Earth

The resources consumed by the physical building process can come from near or far, and be the output of a highly industrialised process, or hewn and assembled by skilled craftspeople. Each has an impact on our environment and produces a different sort of building.

Water

Being beside water is beneficial for our sense of well-being. We also need to consider how a building is protected from the rain and how we use water within a building.

Air

The very air we breathe can be polluted by the toxins produced by industrial construction components, or cleaned and purified by a healthy building biology.

Fire

Energy is about far more than central heating or solar panels. The dynamic energy systems in a building should be integrated deep into the architectural concept.

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