Built in tune with na­ture

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sitiv­ity to the im­pact on the environment.

From the out­set the de­sign team set out to ad­dress these key is­sues, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion not only the con­struc­tion of the build­ings but op­er­a­tion of the units over a pro­posed life span.

“There was also the no­tion that build­ing green com­manded a price premium over a nor­mal build struc­ture. In a way this is true be­cause a con­ven­tional build­ing will re­quire huge amounts of tech­nol­ogy to oper­ate. This is where the prin­ci­ples of ‘pas­sive’ de­sign come into play, where na­ture plays an im­por­tant role in the op­er­a­tion of the build­ing,” says Bill­son.

Fea­tures such as day­light har­vest­ing, grey-water re­cy­cling and nat­u­ral ven­ti­la­tion all work in con­junc­tion with na­ture. These fea­tures come at no cost to the owner of the build­ing, thus re­in­forc­ing the fact that green build­ings have a much lower op­er­at­ing cost than a nor­mal build­ing.

“Fur­ther­more, stud­ies have proved that users of green build­ings have re­ported im­proved pro­duc­tiv­ity and a re­duc­tion in sick­ness re­lated to sick build­ing syn­drome,” he says.

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