Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery

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Discuss the general approaches to land use that fit in with the concept of high-performance green buildings as posited by Charles J. Kilbert in his book “ Sustainable Construction : Green Building Design and Delivery [(2005) John Wiley and Sons: New Jersey].


Developing a structure is part of development for the nation. Building will involve the structure for residential area, industrial area or township area. During this decade the awareness of sustainable construction is related to the green building design to suit the purpose. In other word, a green construction or sustainable building refers to a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by: * Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources

* Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity * Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation A high-performance green building is defined as (Woods, 2008) "a building designed, constructed and capable of being operated in a manner which increases environmental performance and economic value over time, safeguards the health of occupants, and enhances satisfaction and productivity of workers through integration of environmentally-preferred building materials, and water-efficient and energy-efficient systems." In order to attain a high performance green building, (Kilbert, 2005) a thorough design and execution work by architects, landscape architects, civil engineers, and construction managers are required to produce a building that optimizes the use of site which is highly integrated with the local ecosystems, careful consideration of site geology, topography, solar insulation, hydrology and wind patterns which minimizes impact during construction and operation. Green building brings together a vast array of practices and techniques to reduce and ultimately eliminate the impacts of new buildings on the environment and human health. It often emphasizes taking advantage of renewable resources, e.g., using sunlight through passive solar, active solar, and photovoltaic techniques and using plants and trees through green roofs, rain gardens, and for reduction of rainwater run-off. Many other techniques, such as using packed gravel or permeable concrete instead of conventional concrete or asphalt to enhance replenishment of ground water, are used as well. While the practices, or technologies, employed in green building are constantly evolving and may differ from region to region, there are fundamental principles that persist from which the method is derived: Siting and Structure Design Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Materials Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality Enhancement, Operations and Maintenance Optimization, and Waste and Toxics Reduction.(1) The essence of green building is an optimization of one or more of these principles. Also, with the proper synergistic design, individual green building technologies may work together to produce a greater cumulative effect. On the aesthetic side of green architecture or sustainable design is the philosophy of designing a building that is in harmony with the natural features and resources surrounding the site. There are several key steps in designing sustainable buildings: specify 'green' building materials from local sources, reduce loads, optimize systems, and generate on-site renewable energy. Sustainable urban development, (Natural Resources Defense...
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