Wise ways to curb re­source foot­print of a build­ing

Down to Earth - - LIFESTYLE -

De­vel­oper must use lo­cally sourced ma­te­rial as much as pos­si­ble; fol­low ba­sic guide­lines of ori­en­ta­tion. Proper ori­en­ta­tion en­sures that the houses are well-lit and well-ven­ti­lated nat­u­rally, and helps re­duce the build­ing's en­ergy con­sump­tion. One can cre­ate a sec­ond skin with veg­e­ta­tion on the south and west walls to re­duce heat ingress. Rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing is a must. Keep as much space as pos­si­ble in the cam­pus breath­ing and por­ous. Con­crete sur­face does not help per­co­la­tion of rain­wa­ter.

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